The history of Tropical Hibiscus Flower.
The tropical hibiscus originating in Asia and the Pacific islands, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia. It is closely associated with Hawaii, however the state flower for Hawaii is a native species of hibiscus, H. brackenridgei. It is a yellow hibiscus in color.
Real interest in Hawaii developed around the turn of the century. Some plants probably came from China and were crossed with native Hawaiian species. Interest spread to the U.S. mainland and Florida became a center for this interest — the Norman Reasoner family being early pioneers.
Gaye Johnson posted some beautiful pictures of hibiscus flowers taken from Edison Home. For those interest on hibiscus flowers can compare the different species of Hibiscus flowers taken from Hibiscus Garden Kuala Lumpur to those in Florida.
Another strong area of organized interest in hibiscus is Australia. It is thought that they were introduced there in the early 1800s, but real interest was sparked later when 30 plants were imported from India for use in the landscaping of Brisbane by its city council. The northern parts of New Zealand also became involved in hibiscus culture.
If in areas with frost, keep your favorite grafted hybrids in pots and bring inside. There are many gardeners who grow all their hibiscus in pots. These people may live in Texas or even Minnesota and Ontario and they find ways to successfully grow and enjoy the tropical hibiscus 12 months a year.
Many of the non-grafted “garden varieties” will come back from the roots if a frost kills the upper plant, but these ARE tropical plants.