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Hibiscus flowers

With its bright red and the delicate waves that shape its petals, hibiscus is one of the most fascinating tropical plants. As always happens for flowers and plants of particular beauty, despite being native to Polynesia and the Pacific islands, hibiscus is now cultivated all over the world and widely exploited due to its beauty and elegance and is also widespread in shades of pink, yellow, white and lilac: although not too common as a wedding flower, even in this dress it is possible to find traces of the flower in the decorations and bouquets of the brides most fond of exotic atmospheres. The delicacy of the flower, at least in part, is precisely the delicacy of the flower: once cut, it lasts very little, even just a few hours before it starts to wither and lose its freshness and beauty.

Meanings in the world


Since 1923, the hibiscus has been recognized as the official symbol of Hawaii, so much so that it is always present in the flower necklaces that are offered as a sign of welcome to arriving tourists, but this is not the only important role attributed to this splendid flower : among young Polynesians it is a real way of sending messages. Worn by the hippest guys, a hibiscus flower on the left ear means I’m single and looking for a partner, while on the right ear it signals being in a relationship, and therefore unavailable. A flower in both ears is a sign, however, of someone who is in a relationship but is looking for a new partner. However, spread all over the world, it is curious to note how the hibiscus flower takes on different meanings depending on the country: in Japan, for example, it is a symbol of sweetness and therefore is offered to guests to welcome them and make them feel at ease, while in America it is more closely linked to the marriage sphere, symbolizing fertility and therefore being a good omen for the future life of the new couple. Also in Hawaii, since it is a symbol of national identity, it is not uncommon to find it depicted in tattoos, stylized or represented as realistically as possible, with all the charm of its bright colors. In particular, the white hibiscus tautage represents inner enlightenment, while the purple hibiscus tautage represents wealth. In South Korea, on the other hand, it takes on a completely different meaning, becoming a symbol of military strength, perpetual love (romantic love, but also love for one’s homeland) and immortality. marriage, symbolizing fertility and thus being a good omen for the future life of the new couple. Also in Hawaii, since it is a symbol of national identity, it is not uncommon to find it depicted in tattoos, stylized or represented as realistically as possible, with all the charm of its bright colors. In particular, the white hibiscus tautage represents inner enlightenment, while the purple hibiscus tautage represents wealth. In South Korea, on the other hand, it takes on a completely different meaning, becoming a symbol of military strength, perpetual love (romantic love, but also love for one’s homeland) and immortality. marriage, symbolizing fertility and thus being a good omen for the future life of the new couple. Also in Hawaii, since it is a symbol of national identity, it is not uncommon to find it depicted in tattoos, stylized or represented as realistically as possible, with all the charm of its bright colors. In particular, the white hibiscus tautage represents inner enlightenment, while the purple hibiscus tautage represents wealth. In South Korea, on the other hand, it takes on a completely different meaning, becoming a symbol of military strength, perpetual love (romantic love, but also love for one’s homeland) and immortality. it is not uncommon to find it depicted in tattoos, stylized or represented as realistically as possible, with all the charm of its bright colors. In particular, the white hibiscus tautage represents inner enlightenment, while the purple hibiscus tautage represents wealth. In South Korea, on the other hand, it takes on a completely different meaning, becoming a symbol of military strength, perpetual love (romantic love, but also love for one’s homeland) and immortality. it is not uncommon to find it depicted in tattoos, stylized or represented as realistically as possible, with all the charm of its bright colors. In particular, the white hibiscus tautage represents inner enlightenment, while the purple hibiscus tautage represents wealth. In South Korea, on the other hand, it takes on a completely different meaning, becoming a symbol of military strength, perpetual love (romantic love, but also love for one’s homeland) and immortality.

Hibiscus in Europe


The hibiscus arrived in Europe around 1700 and immediately enjoyed great diffusion: despite its delicacy, the beauty of the flowers repays the effort to make cut flowers last as long as possible. Even the cultivation, despite being a plant native to very distant areas and with a decidedly different climate from the European one, does not present too many difficulties if some appropriate precautions are implemented, therefore the hibiscus has become in effect one of the most common flowers also in our nurseries. Here, its traditional meaning is mainly linked to the beauty of the flower combined with its transience: the hibiscus in Europe symbolizes ephemeral beauty, fascinating but quick to fade. Another significance is linked to the natural characteristics of this flower: given its climatic demands, in our areas it blooms only if the summer is warm and sunny enough. Giving a hibiscus at the beginning of summer therefore means wishing a beautiful season to those who receive the flower.

Hibiscus: Cultivation and use of flowers


Despite the delicacy of the flowers, the hibiscus plant is particularly resistant and can be grown indoors or outdoors even in Europe, as long as it is never exposed to temperatures below 13 degrees. It loves sunny positions and in summer it requires frequent watering, which is then thinned out during the winter. The nebulization of the leaves is also important, especially where the climate is particularly dry. In this way it will be possible to guarantee the right environmental humidity, while avoiding water stagnation harmful to the roots of the plant. The ideal soil is rich in organic matter, soft and draining, even if the hibiscus can be adapted easily, especially with the help of a good fertilizer during the flowering period. The different parts of the plant are also used in phytotherapy for the creation of refreshing and purifying herbal teas: hibiscus is the main ingredient of karkadè, as the intense color of the preparation betrays. Drunk hot or cold, karkadè boasts purifying and toning properties, to which is added a particularly pleasant flavor that makes the herbal tea a pleasant herbal tea for any season. Rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, hibiscus is also used for products for external use, with healing and soothing properties. to which is added a particularly pleasant flavor that makes the herbal tea a pleasant herbal tea for any season. Rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, hibiscus is also used for products for external use, with healing and soothing properties. to which is added a particularly pleasant flavor that makes the herbal tea a pleasant herbal tea for any season. Rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, hibiscus is also used for products for external use, with healing and soothing properties.

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