Hibiscus – April 2009
Hibiscus (also called Jamaica, hence the wonderful hibiscus drink agua de Jamaica) is a member of a large family of over 200 flowering plants, related both to cacao and cotton. They have a tremendous range of colours (often two-toned, my favourite being hot orange and hot pink) and although I grew up thinking they were common as mud, they are a rarity here in the UK’s cold climate. Now, together with frangipani, they are probably the flowers I miss most from home, and every time I visit South Africa I come back with copious pictures of them. This pretty pink specimen lives in my brother’s garden in Port Elizabeth.
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