Hibiscus or Rosemallow is a large genus of about 200 species of flowering plants in the family Malvaceae, native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. The Hibiscus genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, and woody shrubs and small trees. Usually, it is a large shrub that can grow up to 5-10 ft tall. There are a variety of colors for Hibiscus flowers, ranging from white and off-white, to pink, blue, lavender, purple, red, crimson, vinous, and yellow or orange. This is a great addition to a garden as it can attract butterflies and hummingbirds. This plant is suitable for USDA Zones 8-10. Tropical hibiscus plants can be grown in USDA Zones 9-11. It can be grown in a pot and only needs regular water, as well as full sun or semi-shade.
When growing Hibiscus it is important to ensure that the soil is not excessively dry and the plant has access to regular water, as well as full sun or semi-shade exposure. When growing in a pot in cold regions, it is important to ensure the soil is well drained, and that the plant is able to be protected from weather extremes.