Blue Hibiscus - A Guide to Blue Hibiscus

Blue Hibiscus

Blue hibiscus is a rare beauty. Rare in color and exotic in shape, the blue hibiscus will always represent an attraction for the human eye, so beware and make sure you give it the attention required by its unexplainable splendor!

Blue Hibiscus Description

  • Family: Malvaceae
  • Origin: The exact origin of the blue hibiscus is unknown. However, the plant is supposed to have a historical background in South China, so the blue hibiscus has an Asian origin. Some are considered to be native to Hawaii, but the name still comes from the Greek “hibiscus”, which means mallow and the Latin “rosa-sinesis” means rose of China.
  • Sun exposure: Blue hibiscus need direct sun exposure to fully develop.
  • Height: Blue hibiscus grow up to 10m in the wild.
  • Soil: Blue hibiscus' soil must be acidic, loamy but not too heavy.
  • Leaves: Blue hibiscus’ leaves are simple, arranged in spiral, about 10cm long and ovate in shape. In color, they are evergreen.
  • Blooming time: Blue hibiscus bloom in late June or early August.
  • Maintenance: Blue hibiscus should be fertilized very often. They really like nutrients and they need them for a perfect blooming. If not grown in your garden from the start, keep them in a partial shaded placem as too much sun might harm them, until they adapt to the new environment.
  • Propagation method: Blue hibiscus may be propagated by seeds, through cuttings, grafting, air-layering and tissue culture.

Blue Hibiscus Species

All in all, there are about two hundred hibiscus species out there. Blue hibiscus can be found in the shapes of Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Bird' (Rose of Sharon) or Hibiscus syriacus 'Blue Satin' (Rose of Sharon).

Blue Hibiscus Meaning

Blue hibiscus stands for delicate beauty. The color symbolizes depth, infinity, serenity, the flower is inspired by love. The blue hibiscus represents fertility. It is a rare beauty that glorifies the “Flower Land”.

Blue Hibiscus Arrangements

Blue hibiscus are very serene flowers, symbolizing infinity and depth, they are often used in funeral arrangements, alongside white flowers.

Blue hibiscus arrangements may also be used in wedding decorations, in corsages or boutonnieres. They go very well with shades of lavender or pink. Orange and yellow are also a good choice. For a psychedelic blue hibiscus arrangement, mix both yellow and orange with blue hibiscus and you will have an eye-catching decoration!

Blue Hibiscus Bouquets

Blue hibiscus bouquets are lovely! They are unique and special! Blue hibiscus may be mixed with yellow flowers like lilies or callas in round or cascade bouquets. For wedding blue hibiscus bouquets, try mixing them with white flowers or pale pink for a delicate result.

Although they are considered very exotic and the blue color adds a little bit more to that, blue hibiscus is a wonderful choice for a bridal bouquet! And, if you dare mixing them with white tulips or white orchids, you will have the best bridal blue hibiscus bouquet ever!

Blue Hibiscus in Gardens

Blue hibiscus needs warm and sunny places where they can develop! They need approximately six hours of full sunlight. Also, a very important factor in growing them in your garden is the soil. Blue hibiscus flowers need rich soil, highly organic. And remember that blue hibiscus, until reaching maturity, needs lots of watering.

As a decorative tip, place your blue hibiscus bushes near white flower beds for a divine looking corner, or near yellow, orange or flashy pink flowers for a psychedelic look and feel.

Advice

Cut blue hibiscus needs to be placed in a clean vase and have fresh water at all times. Remove any foliage that might be underwater so that you can prevent bacteria from forming and keep them in cool places, as although they are exotic flowers, when cut, they become regular and don’t like warmth very much.

Blue hibiscus is a one of a kind flower. It has everything: style, beauty, splendor! You can use it at all times, you can mix it with various flowers and shades of colors and its beauty will still remain intact!