Wednesday, June 8, 2011

John Edwards: Althaea frutex

What English painter John Edwards identified as Althaea frutex is now known as Hibiscus syriacus. Edwards included this illustration in his 1801 work, A Collection of Flowers Drawn after Nature.

A few facts about Hibiscus syriacus
1. Its individual flowers last only for a day.
2. It is the only hardy hibiscus.
3. The shrub is native to China and India.
4. It is the national flower of Korea; the national anthem of Korea compares the country to the flower.
5. In Connecticut the shrub seems to have an invasive tendency.


  1. Beautiful! I wouldn't mind to have this plant to invade a part of my garden!

  2. I love that it is the national flower of Korea. It would be Fu. To have a "nations of the world" section on my garden :)

  3. I read somewhere (when I still had a hibiscus) that if you pluck off some of the buds that you have larger blooms. This trick worked well for me. But I was torn between having lots of flowers or large blooms.

  4. It wouldn't surprise me if that were true. It certainly works for fruit trees and roses. But, like you, with the hibiscus we had in Oregon as well as with the roses we have now, I always go for more bloom than fewer, showier blooms.