Let's face it . . .
survival and procreation in the flower world
is based on sexual attraction and pollination.
No flower is unabashedly more sexually obvious
than the magnificently endowed hibiscus!
There's no missing the prominent and protruding
hibiscus pistil and stamen,
especially if you're a passing bumble bee.
(Its pollen-engorged stigmas are aching to discharge,
and the bee is just the one to "do it.")
Aaaah . . . the sex act is consummated.
Future generations of the beautiful hibiscus are assured.
The hibiscus is a generous summer time bush
generating flower blossoms until the first frost,
but it demands full sun and lots of "attention."
Hibiscus flowers make a beneficial tea,
rich in anti-oxidants, vitamin C, and
able to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
While living in Bogotá, Colombia,
street vendors would sell dried hibiscus flowers
which they call Flor de Jamaica (shown here.)