Saturday, April 21, 2007
Hibiscus (Hiciscus is also the name of the genus) is a blooming fool. It never stops blooming, as long as you give it water and nutrients. It also likes sun and an occasional pruning. The plant next to the reception center at the Bosque (attached image) has produced an indefinite number of these large trumpet-shaped flowers over the last five years and who knows how many butterflies and hummingbirds have supped their nectar over this span of time. There are around 200 species of hibiscus around the tropics. At the Bosque, we have only three, this pink variety, one with a bright red bloom and one plant that produces gigantic flowers. According to the literature I've read, hibiscus has been cultivated so long, nobody knows its origin.