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Deciduous shrub, originally from Asia, very common in cultivation as an ornamental plant, in gardens and as urban furniture. It has an erect, well-branched habit and reaches 2-3 meters in height; the bark is gray, smooth, tends to become wrinkled and deeply marked with the passing of the years. The foliage is oval in shape, has three lobes of various shapes, more or less evident depending on the specimen; medium green in color, the leaves are serrated. From late spring to the cold autumns it produces, at the apex of the stems, large solitary, bell-shaped flowers of various colors, in shades of pink, white and purple, with a throat in a contrasting color; there are numerous hibiscus cultivars, with flowers of the most varied colors, and also double-flowered or double-flowered. These plants have a quite vigorous development, therefore it is advisable to prune them after flowering, before the arrival of winter, and to intervene also at the end of winter, removing the damaged or excessively disordered branches; pruning at the end of winter also has the advantage of favoring the development of new branches, which will bring flowers. The flowers are followed by the fruits, large semi-woody, oval-shaped capsules that contain the seeds.
It is a highly appreciated plant for ornamental purposes, both outside and inside. We are talking about hibiscus, a herbaceous species that has very showy and highly decorative flowers. In the next paragraphs, an interesting cultivation sheet dedicated to the characteristics and care of hibiscus. Hibiscus, botanical name hibiscus it is a herbaceous plant with a shrub shape. This species belongs to the Malvaceae family and is native to Asia. It is widespread practically all over the world, even in Tahiti, as the paintings of the famous painter Gauguin also demonstrate. The plant is deciduous, i.e. it loses its leaf system during the autumn. In cold areas it is grown indoors, while in regions with a mild climate it is grown outdoors, both in the garden and on terraces and balconies. Some varieties of hibiscus, such as hibiscus rosainsensis, are perennial, that is, evergreen.