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Hibiscus

Hibiscus (/hɪˈbɪskəs/ or /hˈbɪskəs/) is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are renowned for their large, showy flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, or less widely known as rose mallow. The genus includes both annual and perennial herbaceous plants, as well as woody shrubs and small trees. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ἱβίσκος (hibískos), which was the name Pedanius Dioscorides ( 40–90) gave to Althaea officinalis.

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How to use this beautiful flower for more than looks! Make a healthy cup of tea!

Contributed by Darby Oliver

Video of a hibiscus flower in a time lapse, from bud to bloom. You can speed it up to 30 seconds in to avoid all of the captions.

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New Bloom

New bloom on a hibiscus bush

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Hibiscus tea is often praised for its ability to lower blood pressure levels, lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. This tea is great for people with diabetes, as they are at risk for high blood pressure.

Contributed by Taylor Jackson

Strawberry Hibiscus Cupcake Recipe!

I recently ordered some hibiscus tea, so I can't wait to try this! Click the link below for complete instructions. *1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries *1 cup milk (almond, rice, dairy... use your favorite!) *2 teaspoons loose-leaf hibiscus tea or 2 hibiscus teabags *2 cups all-purpose flour *1 cup sugar *2 teaspoons baking powder 1 egg 1/3 cup olive or vegetable oil 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Contributed by Taylor Jackson

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