Hibiscus - Knowledgebase Question

Boyne City, MI
Question by alibob
August 5, 1999
How can I tell if I have a tropical or perennial hibiscus?

Answer from NGA
August 5, 1999


Perennial Hibiscus, or Rose-Mallow, has oval, toothed leaves that are deep green above and whitish beneath. The stems are half-round and fluted at the tip. Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) has glossy dark green foliage and round stems. Flowers are similar on both, and come in a wide range of colors. Hope this helps!

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