Sunday, December 12, 2010


Hibiscus: yellow flower
Name: Hibiscus yellow flower (Sorrel, Rose mallow)
Kingdom: Planate
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Hibiscus
Species: over 200

Size: 4–18 cm broad. The color and the size of the flowers make them quite prominent attracting humans and insects. Theses flowers can be of several colors white, pink, red, purple or yellow. The leaves of the flower are in alternate arrangement. They have a zigzag margin and are ovate to lanceolate.

Habitat: In mild climate they flower almost all the year round and they grow and flower in a wide range of soil but well-drained and the soil which is rich in organic matter. The flowers of the hibiscus are large, and mostly have 5 petals that are oval shaped at the ends. Hibiscus plants need soil that is high in nutrients, and drains well. The soil must have 6-to 6.5 pH level. You can also add mulch to the topmost layer of the soil. These tropical plants mostly prefer sandy soil as it drains well.

Range: North America, Caribbean, South America (hibiscus is most often planted as a shrub in outdoor landscaping) ( Location: Near West Mount Royal Ave. )

Notes: Flower color in certain species, such as H. mutabilis and H. tiliaceus, changes with age.
Hibiscuses are used as show flowers and also has medicinal properties. It is used to make medicine and plays quite a big role in hair care.

The extract of Hibiscus is used in hair and scalp treatment. Infusions of the Hibiscus flower and the leaves mixed with herbal oils are applied on the scalp and are believed to enhance hair growth.
It also stimulates blood circulation and ensures the supply of essential nutrients to the hair follicles.
The use of Hibiscus on scalp can also bring down fever and can also help in case of rashes since it can bring down a lot of heat.

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