Blooming Friday/Same But Different

Hibiscus mutabilis in the morning

A commonly seen flower in our parts is this variety of hibiscus aka  Changeable Rose, Chinese Rose, Confederate Rose, and Cotton Rose. The botanical name Hibiscus mutabilis refers to the changing colours. It’s a shrub that grows to a height of about 15 ft. The leaves are large with hairy undersides. When the blooms open, they are pure white and change colour over a three-day period. Before the flowers die off they also get a bluish tinge on the dark pink.

Pink in the afternoon

These pictures were taken in a relative’s garden  last month. Late in the afternoon the clear skies had turned cloudy and the rain that followed in the night wreaked a great deal of havoc.

After flowering a round hairy capsule forms which dries and releases fuzzy seeds. This resembles the boll of the cotton plant (another member of the hibiscus family) which also inspired the name Cotton Rose. Please click on the pictures !

This is my entry for Blooming Friday: Same But Different. You can see many interpretations by clicking on the badge below.

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About Kanak Hagjer

Hello from north-east India! I love to blog about all things floral and foliar and sharing the beauty of my region is what I am most passionate about!
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11 Responses to Blooming Friday/Same But Different

  1. mia says:

    I never knew that hibiscus was related to cotton bushes. An amazing image of your neighbourhood tree Hibiscus, must offer a beautiful sight 🙂

  2. easygardener says:

    That is an amazing change of colour considering it is so white to begin with and end is so very pink!
    Have a good weekend.

  3. anki-itte says:

    Trevliga bilder. Very nice.

  4. Charlotta says:

    Fantastic and interesting!

  5. We have hibiscus here, but I’ve never heard of the changing color ones!

  6. Autumn Belle says:

    How nice to have flowers that stay for 3 days and slowly change colour. Here, the H. mutabilis lasts only 1 day. It is white in the morning and changes to pink later in the afternoon.

  7. Berit says:

    I din´t know that hibiscus changing colors!
    Have a nice day!

  8. Andrea says:

    That hibiscus is lovely, however, i wish you also took a close up photo when it is already pink. I guess you cannot reach the flowers because they are too high, hahaha!

  9. It’s fascinating how it changes colours over time. It must be wonderful to have it in the garden.

  10. wendy says:

    I didn’t know hibs changed colours. Nice variety! Lovely pics. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Arija says:

    Such an interesting plant that not only assumes colour but changes it as well.
    I really like seeing the diversity of the wold’s plant life, thanks.

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