Hibiscus is the genus of a very large group of plants, comprised of several hundred species that are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. They are known for their large, showy flowers and known simply as "hibiscus" or Rose mallow.

Many species are used throughout Sanibel and Captiva in landscapes for their brilliant colors as well as attractants for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. They are very hardy and versatile plants that grow well in pots and tight planting spaces, enhancing the beauty of any garden.

Lesser known about Hibiscus, there is a tea made from Hibiscus flowers that is served hot or cold in many countries. It is considered highly nutritious because of it's vitamin C content. Dried Hibiscus is edible and is often a delicacy in Mexico. Hibiscus serves as a host plant for several caterpillars ( larvae of lepidoptera species ) of the adult Nutmeg Moth, Turnip Moth and Leopard Moth.

The yellow Hibiscus is Hawaii's state flower and the Hibiscus flower is worn by both Tahitian and Hawaiian women. If the flower is worn behind the left ear, the woman is taken, but if the worn behind the right ear, she is single or available for a relationship.