There is no more iconic tropical flower than the hibiscus. Its dramatic blooms, in a rainbow of colors, are the choice embellishment for shirts and sarongs on beaches all over the world. Here on Sanibel we are blessed with several types of hibiscus plants native to Florida, so it is only logical they are featured wildlife in our Sealife by Congress™ jewelry line.
The Scientific Stuff
Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. This family of flowers is quite large, containing several hundred species that are native only to warm-temperate, subtropical and tropical regions of the world. Members of this species are often noted for their showy, bright-colored flowers and are commonly known simply as hibiscus, (or less widely known as rose mallow.) Our local native hibiscus varieties include scarlet rose mallow, comfort root, and swamp rose mallow.
These beautiful plants can grow to be four to eight feet wide and up to fifteen feet tall. Although the hibiscus native to Florida are much better able to survive cold temperatures than those native to more tropical environments, any hibiscus will thrive in Florida if given proper care. The hibiscus plant is not only sensitive to low temperatures, but also to drought. They must have substantial watering for a majority of the year. With proper care these majestic, tropical plants can grow quickly and spread easily, making it a great focal point in any garden or landscaping.
We proudly make 16 pieces featuring the beautiful tropical blooms of the hibiscus plant. The hibiscus line offers something for everyone; everything from stud or drop earrings, to sliding pendants and bold bracelets. Most pieces are offered in gold and sterling silver, as well as a mix of the two.