Longwood Gardens – How About Hibiscus? – 12

How about those hibiscus in the conservatories at Longwood Gardens? Hibiscus is in the genus of mallows, Malvaceae. The family is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. The hibiscus flower below is found in climates like Hawaii’s. The Conservatories have Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) on display with roses. The roses were not as splashy during our visit as the hibiscus. We don’t see too many photos of these hot house beauties from Kennett Square, and they are gorgeous! So here goes:

Jason Hibiscus
Jason Hibiscus

Painted Lady Hibiscus
Painted Lady Hibiscus

Erin Rachael Hibiscus
Erin Rachael Hibiscus

Fifth Dimension Hibiscus
Fifth Dimension Hibiscus

Kiss and Tell Hibiscus
Kiss and Tell Hibiscus

Erin Rachael again
Erin Rachael again

You can grow hibiscus in more temperate climates in the outdoors by growing some variety of the Rose of Sharon. unusual rose of sharon They are even available via mail-order from Amazon!

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