Hibiscus are remarkable for the magnitude
and elegant colors of their flowers, which appear very similar to those of the Hollyhock of
Hibiscus trionum (Venice mallow, or flower of an
It is a native of some parts of Italy, and has long been cultivated in the gardens of
this country. It rises with a branching stalk, a foot and a half high, having many short spines, which are
soft, and do not appear unless closely viewed.
The leaves are divided into three lobes which are deeply jagged. The
flowers come out at the joints of the stalks, upon pretty long foot stalks. They have a double
impalement, the outer being composed of ten long narrow leaves, which join at their
The inner is of one thin leaf swollen like a bladder, cut into 5 acute
segments at the top, having many longitudinal purple ribs, and is hairy. Both these are permanent, and
enclose the capsule after the flower is past.
The flower is composed of 5 petals, which spread open at the top. The
lower part forming an open bell shaped flower. These have dark purple bottoms, but are of a pale sulphur
color above. In hot weather Hibiscus
flowers continue to open only for a few hours but there is a continuation of flowers that open daily
over a considerable period of time.
It is propagated by seeds, which should be sown where the plants are
designed to remain, for they do not bear transplanting well. They require no other culture than to be kept
from weeds, and thinned where they are too close, and if the seeds are permitted to scatter, the plants will
come up fully as well as if they had been sown.
This elegant shrub grows six or seven feet high, with many branches. The leaves are
large, deeply cut into several divisions, of a cheerful green, and delicate texture.
The flowers appear in August, which are mallow shaped, large and
numerous. There are several varieties differing in the color of their flowers. One has white flowers, with a
purple centre, another has yellow.
Some have several shades of purple, with white, and a black centre.
Some are rose color and white, with a purple centre. Other are finely variegated with all these colors.
In mild seasons, there is a succession of flowers until the end of September.
Abelmoschus Manihot (formerly Hibiscus manihot, Sunset
muskmallow and Sunset Hibiscus)
A quick growing woody perennial shrub in the sub tropics and tropics
and an annual in colder regions. Each flower lasts for only a short time and the flowers bloom continuously
one after another right through the season. Enjoys the full sun to part shade and is best propagated from
This very beautiful Hibiscus flower is so superior to the Bladder
Ketmin, that it has nearly superseded it in gardens. The petals are of a very pale yellow or rich cream
color, and the blotch at the base of each is of a very rich reddish brown.The species is a native of Africa,
particularly near the Cape of Good Hope, where it is a shrub.
It was first introduced in 1713, and has been frequently lost to our
gardens, from its inability to ripen its seeds without abundance of heat. It requires a light sandy soil and
when it comes up, it may either be thinned out and tied up, or left to flower as it grows.
The flowers are large, yellow with purple bottoms. It is fast growing
with prickly stems and can grow up to 15 feet. Propagation is by seed, and it likes slightly moist, well
drained soil, and a partially shaded position. Can be grown in pots.
An annual universally known in India, and in many parts cultivated,
not only for the fibres of its bark, but also for its green leaves, which are of an agreeably acid flavour,
not unlike sorrel.