19 Feb 2009
Hibiscus is a tropical flower which belongs to the family Malvaceae. Its name originated from the Greek words Hibiscus meaning “mallow” and rosa-sinensis meaning “rose of China” thus the flower is also known as rosemallow. Hibiscus is large and trumpet-shaped, with five or more petals, ranging from white to pink, red, purple or yellow. It is an exotic and gorgeous flower that has symbolical meaning as well. It blooms only for a short period of time so it is considered a symbol of delicate beauty.
Hibiscus has been called “Flower-of-an-hour”. When someone gives you a hibiscus, it can also suggest “Seize the opportunity” which of course is represented by the hibiscus’ full bloom which can end anytime.
Hibiscus is commonly associated with Hawaii, the yellow variety being its official state flower. A red hibiscus behind a girl’s right ear meant “ I have a lover” and if its behind her left ear, it meant “ I seek a lover”. A girl with hibiscus on both her left and right ear wants to convey the message that she has a lover but is seeking for another lover. In Hindu worship, hibiscus is used as an offering to their goddess while in Singapore it is regarded as a flower of celebration.