Rose Mallow (Hibiscus)

The rose mallow (Hibiscus) is very much popular in Germany. The tub plant shows splendid, color-strong  which can be also filled according to kind or be fringed.  The leaves are alternate, ovate to lanceolate, often with a toothed or lobed margin. The flowers are large, conspicuous, trumpet-shaped, with five or more petals, color from white to pink, red, orange, purple or yellow, and from 4–18 cm broad.

Many species are grown for their showy flowers or used as landscape shrubs, and are used to attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

In the Indian traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda, hibiscus, especially white hibiscus and red hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis), is considered to have medicinal properties. The roots are used to make various concoctions believed to cure ailments such as cough, hair loss or hair greying. As a hair treatment, the flowers are boiled in oil along with other spices to make a medicated hair oil. The leaves and flowers are ground into a fine paste with a little water, and the resulting lathery paste is used as a shampoo plus conditioner. (wikipedia)

Hibiscus tea also contains bioflavenoids, which are believed to help prevent an increase in LDL cholesterol, which can increase the buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Propagation during summer is the best time to do it. It can be done using the seeds or stem cutting. It will take weeks befor you notice the first roots coming through.

If Hibiscus has grown too large, simply remove the old, ill sprouts and shorten the plant or the remaining sprouts by two thirds. It should be done in Spring. Hibiscus should be watered regularly to prevent dryness, excessive moisture is also not good.


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