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Some hibiscus species are important food crops. The teas and the leaves used as vegetable come from different varieties of Hibiscus sabdariffa. It is not the flower but the calix that is used for tea. The vegetable okra (gumbo) is another species: Hibiscus esculentus, an important food plant in West Africa, in the Middle East, and the USA south (?). The young pods containing the seeds are the vegetable. They are preferred small and tender in the MIddle East (1 to 2 inches long) more mature in West Africa (where they are cut and added to the sauces because people like the thickening and slippery quality it gives to the liquid. This species is not even listed among the species in the article. Kahr7 (talk) 01:40, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

The reference to herbal tea may be to Hibiscus sabdariffa (roselle), which is a crop plant in a minor way. I suspect that it is not the only species used in herbal teas. More details can be found at

Stewart R. Hinsley,

Gallery removal[edit]

Why exactly was the gallery removed? Ancatdubh43 19:58, 10 September 2006 (UTC)

Article Needs Seperate Health Benefits Section[edit]

There are enough documented benefits to warrant a seperate section. A BBC article reports on scientific research that shows that when made into a tea hibiscus provides many of the same benefits as red wine (sharing ancythins and polyphenols in common with red wines). Scientifically verfied health benefits for hibiscus include lowering cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.

Also-- Traditional Chinese Medicine characterizes hibiscus as 'cooling' and 'clearing of internal dampness'. References in TCM also mention benefits for liver problems.

Sean7phil (talk) 09:38, 17 March 2008 (UTC)

Home to an Insect[edit]

Hi, I've recently found an insect on my Hibiscus plant outside in my backyard. I have absolutely NO idea what this insect is. I have it captured in a jar, and with an air hole, small, but enough.

It seems to be an insect, it has 6 legs, a head, a thorax, and an abdomen. What creature/insect is this? I am unable to identify. I have a picture which I will upload to the section under the title: "Camoflauged Insect lives with Hibiscus." I have no idea what this insect is, nor do I know if it is venomous, but it has wings. It may be a symbiotic relationship with my Hibiscus, and my Hibiscus may need it to survive, but I am unsure. Thecutnut (talk) 00:08, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

P.S. I accidently deleted the post above this one, my bad.

What kind is this?[edit]

I do realize that it is a hibiscus... dunno what family though. Qb | your 2 cents 15:46, 11 May 2008 (UTC)


hibiscus in Pennsylvania[edit]

I bought a house in November of 2007. There is extensive foliage throughout the landscape. Now that the end of summer is here I noticed a red hibiscus blooming in a flower bed. All info I have read states that hibiscus plants will not survive and bloom the following year if left in climates outdoors that freeze. Obviously this one did. I did not do anything to protect or assure the plant as I did not even know it was there. Does anyone have any info on this? Was it just a coincidence? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Trudi G (talkcontribs) 18:58, 25 August 2008 (UTC)

Some species of Hibiscus (e.g. Hibiscus syriacus and Hibiscus moscheutos) are frost-hardy) Lavateraguy (talk) 11:45, 28 December 2010 (UTC)

Problems with wiki links[edit]

The opening paragraph refers to Nir plants, woody Nir, and small Nir, but it leads a disambiguation page that's provides no clue as to what was meant by Nir. In the description paragraph it refers to the Shanie and May. Again a disambiguation page that provides no clue to meaning. Shir doesn't lead to any page but it supposed to contain several Moa that leads to a page about an extinct bird, which has nothing to do with Hibiscus. Even when you redirect to the Moa disambiguation page you still get no clue what Moa means in terms of Hibiscus. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:51, 13 July 2009 (UTC)


This is a very beautiful flower found in hawaii.[edit]

what"s eating my leaves on my hibiscus ? i planted from seeds an there about 2-3 feet tall now. but something is eating the leaves on my plants. someone please help!

Erm... This is not the place to discuss such matter, but here is a basic tip that might help... Hibiscus are more vulnerable to parasites when it's too dry and hot. In many cases, showering your hibiscus a few times a week will reduce parasites enough for your plant to thrive. Make sure the water-pressure is not too strong so you don't damage the leaves, and you must shower under the leaves too, for most of the parasites hide there. Now if what eats your plants lives away from it, showering it won't help much, sorry. Correjon (talk) 09:39, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

Origine of the plant is from China![edit]

Do you know the origine of the plant is actually from China? please add a section on that subject matter. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:43, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

Gallery error[edit]

A wikipedia commons picture file labelled "Hibiscus schizopetalus flower from East Africa" was in this gallery, but is misidentified. I don't know what species of Hibiscus it is, but it is definitely not schizopetalus. I have replaced it with one that is certainly this species. (talk) 21:58, 2 January 2014 (UTC)