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.
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.