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February 2017

Hibiscus

 

Hibiscus plants are known for their large, attractive colourful flowers that will give your garden or home a tropical flair. The hibiscus plant is native to parts of North Africa and Southeast Asia. Hibiscus flowers come in many colours. They can be red, yellow, white, or peach-coloured, and can be as big as 16 cm wide. Attract nectarine birds, by planting the Hibiscus in your garden beds or by placing pots 0n your patio.

 

Interesting Facts:

  •  Dried hibiscus is considered a delicacy in Mexico.
  •  Many countries from around the world use hibiscus to make teas and other tasty beverages. Hibiscus tea contains vitamin C and other minerals.
  •  It is a popular diuretic.
  •  The flower can be used to make a natural dye or food colouring.
  •  Hibiscus is the national flower for South Korea and Malaysia.
  •  The flower has been used in traditional medicine in China.
  •  Tahitian women can wear a single red hibiscus flower behind her ear to let suitors know she is available for marriage.
  •  In Polynesia, the bark fibre's can be used to make grass skirts.
  •  The leaves and the flowers can be made into a paste and used as a natural shampoo.

Care instructions

Put in a little and get back a lot!

Light conditions: Position the plant in a full morning sunny area and afternoon shade.

Temperature: Between 16-32 Celsius.

Watering: Water your Hibiscus daily in warm weather. In winter, only water when the soil is dry to the touch.