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Hibiscus - A Tropical Beauty

The Hibiscus is a natural beauty in the tropics. Certain plant specimens of this family can also grow in cooler climates. It is considered a perennial in zones four through seven and will die out in the winter time. The plant will drop its leaves after the first frost. You can trim it back before the first frost or wait until early spring. In zones eight and higher, the plant becomes an colorful evergreen. In the tropics it is one of the highlights of many varieties of landscapes and gardens.

Peach Color Hibiscus Red Flower Hibiscus Yellow Hibiscus Close Up Of Hibiscus

There are hundreds of different selections available. One of the brilliant characteristics of this specimen is the prevalent flowers that appear in summer in northern climates. In southern and tropical locations this specimen blooms throughout the year. The Hibiscus flower is considered to be one of the largest of a perennial or evergreen plant.

It loves full sun and this is one reason it does so well in warm locations. The plants vary in size and can be anywhere from two to fifteen feet tall and three to fifteen feet wide.

This specimen likes to be over watered and can take most soil conditions. A little salt in the soil helps in its growth pattern. This plant does have some medicinal value. The Jamaica Sorrel variety is well known in China, tropical Asia, and Africa, as well as many islands of the Caribbean.

This is a unique annual or perennial plant that produces dark colored fruit. The small young fruit is sometimes added to rum, and the ripe fruit is used in preserves such as jams and jellies.

The bark, roots, leaves and flowers are used for other medicinal reasons. In tropical locations, the Hibiscus is one of the main attractions of natural landscapes as well as planned and defined gardens.

Teaching children about different climates is very important with all the world news events taking place daily. Take different plant specimens and allow students to see and read about natural environments that evolve in other climatic regions. Notice in the photos above the peach color flowers and the stamen. The bright yellow color accents the peach tones of the petals.

The first photo below was taken on the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. The Mayan Riviera is located on the Yucatan Peninsula, south of Cancun. You can drive down the highway and see natural Hibiscus plants along the roadside. Colors of pink, red, yellow, peach, and purple flow throughout the gardens in many different hotels and resorts in the Mayan region.

Mayan Riviera, Mexico
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The second photo was taken at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Republica Dominicana). Punta Cana is located in the northeast part of this beautiful country. The Hibiscus is well known in this region and can also be seen along the new highways being built, as well as luscious gardens and landscapes through the hotels and resorts.

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One tip for anyone traveling to a tropical location, give your camera time to adjust from air conditioning to the tropical air before shooting pictures. The lens can fog up. The flowers not only can be seen outdoors, but the petals also can decorate the inside of rooms.

As you can see, the Hibiscus flower represents one of the most beautiful blossoms in the tropics. In the colder zones, this plant family emerges in the summer time and produces eloquent blooms.

This family is one of the most exciting flowering plants to view. The mass of flowers that each specimen produces shows a display of natural beauty in many different locations.

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