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The Hibiscus (Hibiscus syriacus) is a flowering deciduous, herbaceous plant in the Malvaceae family of mallow plants. It is also known as the Rose Mallow, the Rose of Sharon, and the Syrian Ketmia.

It is native to Asian countries, mainly South Korea and China. It prefers warm temperate, sub-tropical, and tropical regions. 

It grows to 2-4 metres (7-13 feet) tall. 

The branches are thin and grey, with an overall appearance of a vase shape. The leaves are green or yellowish-green and about 7.5 centimetres (3 inches) long.

The Hibiscus flower is large, showy, and trumpet-shaped with five petals and prominent yellow-tipped white stamens. The flower is mainly pink, but can be dark-pink, light-pink, or white.

The flower is short-lived, lasting only a day, although there are numerous flowers on each plant.

The Hibiscus blooms in summer. 

Photographed in Nairobi, Kenya, June 2018.

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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