11 responses to “Hibiscus clayi”

  1. Sue

    I fell in love with a different hibiscus when i visited San Diego. Tried to grow some up here, but my thumbs are black, not green. They looked so friendly and lively I wanted some.

  2. Ron B

    Geographic location and flower shape imply bird pollination. If growing within altitudinal range of Avian malaria native pollinating birds may be absent, preventing adequate reproduction.

  3. Heather

    Sue – if my mother-in-law can maintain a hibiscus collection in the Chicago suburbs, I’m sure you can too! My father-in-law did build her a small greenhouse, but before that, she overwintered them in the garage. They are lovely plants!

  4. Beverley

    Hibiscus, hi-bis-kus; name of very ancient origin used by Virgil for a mallow-like plant. Plant Names Simplified, Johnson and Smith

  5. elizabeth a airhart

    here in florida we have so
    many hibiscus in so many
    colors; the resoners would
    would have a hibiscus tree
    on display in the crosley
    house in sarasota come
    christmas time always
    to be looked for come
    the holidays
    i hope they can be saved

  6. Margaret-Rae Davis

    What a nice Photograph today. Do any of the many Hibiscus have a lovely secent? I am still leaaning and really enjoy today’s offering.
    Thank you

  7. Joe

    Unfortunately Margaret-Rae, as Ron pointed out, hibiscus’s are bird pollenated (at least all the varieties I’m aware of) and as such probably don’t really have scent. Birds, having keen vision but little to no sense of smell, are typically attracted to showy, red, trumpet-shaped flowers that don’t smell like anything. It doesn’t make sense for the plants to invest in expensive chemical signals if the birds can’t smell them anyways.
    They do, however, taste and smell very nice in teas. The “zinger” taste in Celestial Seasonings brand teas is because of hibiscus. I find it to be quite delicious.

  8. marilyn

    The Hawaiian native, Hibiscus arnottianus, is fragrant and is very beautiful as well.

  9. Alex Jablanczy

    In which poem of Vergilius? Surely not in the Aeneid but in the Bucolics or Eclogues?
    I had fun looking up the fruits medlar in R.J and of course as always the flowers in Ophelias drowning and earlier madsong. In Hamlet o.c.

  10. Alex Jablanczy

    Well I found hibisco two occurences in the Bucolics the second right before the famous line
    Amor vincit omnia et nos cedamus Amori meaning of course not love but Aphrodites son and this love is the other kind. Sometimes a flower is just a flower.

  11. Anthony

    “Love conquers all, and we must yield to Love.”

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