Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
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Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

tropical hibiscus
Chinese hibiscus

  family malvaceae 
  genus hibiscus 

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Genus  Hibiscus Species  rosa-sinensis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  tropical hibiscus   Chinese hibiscus Family  MALVACEAE Specimen number  S11300 Data source  DyePl p54;HtZn p125
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Woody perennial Life span  5 - 20 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height  1' 6" - 8' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to light shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 09a-11 AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The flowers of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. A range of possible colors can be produced by Chinese hibiscus (also known as tropical hibiscus) including brown, gray, yellow and lavender. Common mordants used to fix the color to the fabric when dyeing with this plant include tin, chrome or alum. This somewhat tender plant can only survive cold winter nights that dip to 20� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. Full sun to light shade is ideal for this species. It likes moist, well drained soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Flowers Dye color  brown,gray,yellow,lavender
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is a woody perennial. Flowers: Chinese hibiscus (locally known in some parts as tropical hibiscus) has funnel shaped flowers with ruffled edges and prominent stamens. The flowers appear in various colors.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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