Flower facts – about the hibiscus flower

Hibiscus is a fairly common flower and comes in red, pink, and there are bicolour varieties as well. When we send flowers, we usually think of sending roses, carnations and other popular flowers. That said, hibiscus is much more versatile than people realize. Here are some interesting flower facts you may not know.

Beautifully safe

One of the best flower facts about this bloom is that it is not toxic in any way. Can be used to decorate tables and even plates of food! One point to remember, however, is to remove the stamen and pistil portion of the flowers and use only the petals if you want to use the hibiscus as a garnish. So instead of decorating your dishes with the usual sprig of greenery, you can add a little more colour with a hibiscus. It’s also important to wash any flowers you use in food, even if it’s just for decoration.

Perfect all on its own

Another one of the most interesting flower facts is that the hibiscus is perfect all on its own. When using hibiscus in floral arrangements, it’s best to make sure you don’t overload them with other flowers or foliage. Ferns are the best kind of green background for a hibiscus arrangement. You can even place a single hibiscus flower in a clear glass container filled with water. Once underwater, the hibiscus is magnified, creating a beautifully sophisticated look.

Long-lasting without water

Another one of the best flower facts about the hibiscus is that it can last even without water. When using a hibiscus in a waterless arrangement, you should only harvest the flower on the day you plan to use it. The best time to pick flowers in the morning is right after the morning dew has evaporated but before the sun gets too hot. After harvesting hibiscus, you should store it in the refrigerator. Once removed from the fridge, they should last up to 7 hours on display even without water.

If you plan to have a pool party or a barbecue in the summer, you can decorate the pool and tables with hibiscus flowers! Like floating candles, these flowers add fantastic colour to your pool. Women can even wear a hibiscus flower in their hair if they wish. Keep these flower facts in mind the next time you are trying to decide which bloom to use at your next summer event.