One of the most impressive flowers from our trip to the State Botanical Garden were the very tall, very big hibiscus. Joyce said these reminded her of the crepe paper flowers that were the fad back in the 1970’s. These blooms were almost the size of dinner plates and had pink (as shown here) and white varieties.
The Crimson eyed Hibiscus (also known as Crimson-eyed rose-mallow or Marshmallow hibiscus) is a popular garden flower which grows naturally, in swampy wetlands. We actually saw some of these from the boardwalk along the Chattahoochee River recently though they were not a large as this. When I think of hibiscus, I picture the potted plants that are often used for decorations at resorts around swimming pools. Those varieties are common in Florida but the blooms are probably a quarter the size of these giants.
(Hibiscus moscheutos var. incanus)
State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S Milledge Avenue
Athens, Georgia, USA
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