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Thursday, April 9, 2015

H is for...

This is my 6th year for doing the challenge. To learn more go to The A to Z Challenge Blog.

This year it's all about the 
The A to Z of 

In which I will describe, show pictures of, and otherwise expound on plants and animals mentioned in the novel.

H is for Hibiscus

Hibiscus come in an astonishing array of colors, shapes, and sizes. Originally from Asia, it can now be found all over the world. They are a member of the mallow family which includes okra and cotton. It is the national flower of South Korea, Malaysia, and Haiti. To learn more about this diverse and beautiful flower, click HERE and HERE. What's nice about hibiscus is you never have to feel guilty about picking them. On the bush or in a bouquet, they "live" for one day. Iguanas love munching on them them. And why shouldn't they when we drink tea made from them?
(We make tea from the flowers not the iguanas.)

Sunshine on a bush!

One of my favorites is this one, the hanging basket.
Hibiscus schizopetalus 2

Pretty in pink


And this one turned up on a plant in my sister's yard.

The humble original, the mother from which all other hibiscus spring.


  1. Such beautiful flowers! I think I like the original best :)

  2. I didn't know they only lasted one day.
    Do we drink tea made from hibiscus or from iguanas?

  3. Lots of interesting information about hibiscus. All the varities I didn't know about and the fact that they only live a day.

  4. I like the original too, Laura.

    LOL, you too funny, Alex. I see I need to do a little editing! Hibiscus, we drink tea made from hibiscus. :)

    Manzanita, I should have provided a link to pictures of hibiscus. There really are some beauties out there.

  5. I DID provide links! I scheduled these posts so long ago I forgot and didn't reread it!

  6. I love hibiscus because they are so easy to grow! I've never seen the hanging basket, but I wouldn't mind having it in my yard.

    Scribbles From Jenn - Visiting from the A to Z Challenge

  7. Beautiful flowers which would have fitted right in with the Thematic Photography theme this week

  8. Oh, you've brought back so many memories of my youth spent in Africa. Lovely.

  9. Wonderful blog. Love flowers, I've taken many photos of them over the years. Flora and fauna much used tags on my own blog.
    Keep up the good work.

  10. I loved seeing your hibiscus posts on fb. So lovely.

  11. Hi Bish .. My mother had a hibiscus in her flat in Cornwall .. and South Africa has masses of them separating the carriageways (two sides of the roads) .. and those you posted on FB - were delightful. I didn't know lizards eat them ...

    And I drink Hibiscus and Rosehip tea - courtesy of Lenny, who started me on it!!

    Cheers Hilary

  12. I have to admit I wonder what Hibiscus tastes like. If iguanas like eating them, count me in!

  13. They're so lovely. All around happy-making flowers.

    And, hey, never discount the possibility that iguana tea is equally as delicious as hibiscus tea. Not saying it's likely, but until we've tried it...

  14. Perfect for "H"! I love seeing your hibiscus pictures. :) ~ Jess

  15. the hanging hibiscus is so unusual! We have 2 "bushes" in our back, need to keep them trimmed or they will take over.

  16. One of my fav flowers and it's so neat to see the varieties because I didn't know there were any!

  17. Some of the most beautiful and colorful flowers ever!

    Good luck with the 2015 A to Z Challenge!
    A to Z Co-Host S. L. Hennessy

  18. I love Hibiscus. a sure sign of the tropics.

  19. I always loved the Hibiscus flowers in Florida and now that I live in Ecuador, I get to see them year round.

    DB McNicol, author
    April A-Z Participant


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