l'Ibisco or Hibiscus, belongs to the family of Malvaceae that includes about 300 species of small trees, shrubs and herbaceous annual or perennial plants. The name comes from the Greek and probably was given by Dioscorides, a well-known physician of antiquity, lived in the first century a.d.
It is an Evergreen shrub in the areas of origin; the tropical areas of Asia and the Pacific Islands, can reach considerable size while in areas with mild climate, does not reach relevant dimensions.
There are numerous species all have in common the characteristic that the flowers, which appear under the armpit or leaves at the apex of the branches, are funnel-shaped. Can be simple, double or multiple. The calyx consists of five sepals and corolla consists of 5 petals in flowers. From the center of the flower stem emerges the column on which are placed the stamens and is typically longer than the corolla. The staminal column carries on its extension five pistils. The flowers are scented with the exception of a few species.
HIBISCUS ROSA SINENSIS (Luigi Strano photos)
the best-known ornamental flower, also known as "China's Hibiscus" with approximately 1000 varieties of uncertain origin, obtained by hybridization and mutation.
shrubby Species native to Syria by medium-high size that can reach 4 m in height.
native to North America is a perennial herbaceous plant of a couple of metres in height.
originating in Africa is an annual plant bushy appearance which can reach one metre in height.
The Hibiscus, is a plant found in many gardens, creates happiness with its colours: pink, Fuchsia, violet and many shades from red to yellow, perfect for borders and hedges. Used in the urban townships as decoration, it has two functions, as well as being aesthetically beautiful, is very resistant to pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide.