Exotic Hibiscus flowers conjure up the romantic South Pacific islands.
However, they can be a pain to grow in hot, dry central Texas. This one has been in a pot for years and is probably very root bound. But, as long as it lives, it will be taken into a heated shed during the winter. So, I guess it’s worth the trouble.
Luckily, there are plants with that look that do extremely well here. They endure the hot summers and some cold times in the winter. Rose of Sharon or Althea shrubs (Hibiscus syriacus) become very large and are covered with these exquisite flowers.
All of these plants come from the Mallow (Malvaceae) family. There are 4225 known species. These are very diverse because included with all these lovely flowers are okra, cotton, and cacao. Only a botanist could understand the complications of plant orders.
But what I see is that all the flowers in this blog have tall pistils, where the male and female parts provide reproduction. Also, the flower petals mostly have the same form.
Plus, all add beauty to gardens. When the temperature is stagnant in the triple digits, hardy plants are a blessing.
“A garden is never so good as it will be next year.” –Thomas Cooper