Flower of the Hour
Hibiscus trionum L.
Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Height: 10-60 cm (4-24 in)
Blooming: July - Sept.
Stem: green stems with curved fine hairs lined from between the nodes with spreading branches.
Flowers: the flowers can be ascending or erect with a diameter of 5 cm (2 in). Their petals are a creamy white-yellow with a purple-brown base exposing a deep purple within the flower's cup. Dark veins run up the translucent calyx.
Leaves: are alternately arranged reaching up to 7.5 cm (3 in) in length. They are deeply lobed in three with shallow lobes in those three.
Comments: The common name comes from its short flowering time, with flowers staying open for only about an hour. Also called Venice mallow.
Etymology: The genus is derived from the ancient Greek botanist and physician, Pedaniu Dioscorides, to which he called the mallow, hibiskos.
SOURCES & FURTHER RESOURCES: