Any of several flowering shrubs from the genus Hibiscus. Native to tropical and subtropical regions, the hibiscus is commonly grown in temperate zones as an ornmental landscape plant. Hibiscus fibers have been used in paper mats and woven baskets.
Synonyms and Related Terms
rosemallow; rose of Sharon
Small tree or shrub growing to 3 m with pyramidal crown., Bark=smooth brown with gray striping. Leaves = oval with serrated edges (5-8cm long), palmately veined. Flowers=5 petals, white to red (8-12 cm across) blooming during summer.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "hibiscus." Encyclopædia Britannica. 24 Jan. 2005 .
- Website address 1 Comment: Virginia Tech Dendrology website at www.fw.vt.edu/dendro/dendrology/main.htm (accessed Oct. 8, 2005)
- Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, at http://www.wikipedia.com Comment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus (Accessed Oct. 8, 2005)