Cutflower Nomenclature

Scientific/Botanical Name:

Genus: Hibiscus

Specie: H. rosa-sinensis


English Name:


Common Name:

Chinese hibiscus, China rose and shoe flower

Botanical Family:

Name in Latin: Malvaceae

Name in English: Mallow Family

The Plant

Origin: East Asia

Growth Habit: evergreen flowering shrub

Flower: flowers are large, generally red in the original varieties, and firm, but generally lack any scent. Numerous varieties, cultivars, and hybrids are available, with flower colors ranging from white through yellow and orange to scarlet and shades of pink, with both single and double sets of petals

Blooming Period: Blooms Year Round

Leaf: Heavy Textured, Shiny, Thick Foliation, Dark Green, Large Size. Ovate, Crenate, Obtuse.


These tropical plants are well suited to be grown indoors.

Care and Handling

Soil: Hibiscus want loamy but not too heavy soil

Amount of water: Hibiscus like water but do not let it stand with 'wet feet'. The soil needs to dry up between waterings to protect from root rot.

Nutrition: For prolific flowering, hibiscus must have regular feedings every week during the growth period, March-October. Water soluble formulas can be used with every watering. Choose a fertilizer with a low phosphorous value- 20 5 20

Special handling: The best time for pruning hibiscus is August-October

Special feature/remarks:

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis is the national flower of Malaysia, called Bunga Raya in Malay.