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All About the Hibiscus

December 1st, 2012

Hibiscus originates from China and it is a delicate flower with soft and mushy petals. From the Greek it name means marshmallow. Hibiscus is the state flower of Hawaii and every visitor there is embraced with a garland of the pretty flowers. Nowadays, the flower can be found all over the world and it is a popular flower for tropical weddings and summer weddings in North America and Europe too. Hibiscus comes in yellow, red, lavender, orange, bluish and close to black shades. It is also the national flower of Malaysia and South Korea. The symbolism of hibiscus is not surprising – the flower signifies happiness and peace. The legend of the flower tells the story of an extremely beautiful woman who was married to a man who was blind. A rich lord fell in love with her and kidnapped her. The woman remained faithful to her husband and the lord executed her. The people of the village buried her next to the house of her husband where the hibiscus flower grew surrounding her grave. The flower is a recurrent element in depictions of the goddess Kali. In the Pacific Ocean, women living on the islands, often wear the hibiscus behind their ears. The rich history and mythology of this flower makes it popular for growing in gardens all over the world. Growing hibiscus will guarantee you that your garden is one of a kind and everyone will envy you. Choosing it for a primary flower in your garden you need to make sure that you can provide all the necessary conditions for the flower to bloom beautifully. In nature hibiscus grows best between palm trees and in bushes. The hibiscus loves sunny spots, but it also needs shelter from the wind. Choose the right spot in your garden so the flowers can get enough sun exposure during the day. The soil has to be well-drained and fertilized (you can use chicken bones, manure or blood). Plant the flower in summer, autumn or spring and remember that they grow in bushes. Water the flowers while they are growing and be careful because the flowers will attract hummingbirds and butterflies which can damage the blooms. During winter cover the edges of the hibiscus. When the shrub starts getting larger it’s time to prune it – this will encourage the growth. These vibrant flowers make great bouquets and floral arrangements. Their tropical nature cannot be ignored. They vary not only in color, but also in shade and size. A bouquet of hibiscus flowers is extremely impressive – you can give it to your significant other and you will surely impress them. Mix the hibiscus with pink and lavender birds of paradise, coral heliconia or yellow hibiscus. Mixing various tropical flowers is a great idea for a wedding decoration too. The flower is a symbol of delicate beauty and gentility, which makes it extremely versatile. It can adorn a cocktail party, a summer wedding, a birthday party or an engagement party. The hibiscus can add a strong exotic touch to any wedding. For boutonnieres, corsages and even for the bridal bouquet, the hibiscus will definitely catch everyone’s attention. You can also pick the smaller sized flowers, called dwarf hybrids for creating beautiful garlands and floral ornaments. Hibiscus pairs with orchids in a beautiful way – place them in crystal vases and bowls and adorn the wedding tables.

The types of hibiscus include: white (a perennial flower, used in Indian medicine), pink (a flower in great demand and the emblem of Hawaii), red (the most popular type in the Pacific Ocean’s islands), blue (close to lavender in shade), purple (one of the prettiest types of hibiscus) and yellow (popular for weddings).

 

 

About the Author:

Miranda is a mom who really loves flowers. You’re welcome to enjoy some of her writings found in ‘Flowers and Arrangements Publication.’

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