What Is The State Flower of Puerto Rico?

What Is The State Flower of Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rican Hibiscus is the official State flower of Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, it is known as flor de maga. It is also commonly known as Thespesiagrandiflora, Magagrandiflora, Montezuma. Thespesiagrandiflorais the scientific name of Puerto Rican Hibiscus. It is also known as China rose. Rosa-sinensis means rose of China but it is not related to the rose or Rosaceae family, it comes from the Malvaceae family. It was found large scale near San Juan in north-eastern Puerto Rico.

It is also found in Florid, Hawaii, Honduras, and in various parts of the Caribbean islands. Despite the member of the Malvaceae family, it is clearly different from the common hibiscus. The tree of flor de maga or Puerto Rican hibiscus tree is taller than the common hibiscus tree. It is also very much attractive with nice small to medium size, which contains large dark pink or red flowers surrounding green leaves. Most of the hibiscus are the native to Asian tropical region.

It has also religious history. According to Hindu mythology, the red hibiscus is the flower of Goddess Kaali and appears commonly in depictions of her in the art of India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. It is also used as an offering of flowers (Anjali call in the Bengali language) to the GoddessKaali and LordGanesha in Hindu worship. Hibiscus is the symbol of life, courage, and rapid growth of the nation. Being the all aspect people of Hawaii enormously loves Puerto Rican hibiscus and that makes it the National flower of Puerto Rico.

Facts about State Flower Puerto Rico

  • Common Name: Puerto Rican Hibiscus
  • Genus:  Thespesia
  • Species:  T. grandiflora
  • Found in:  Native to Puerto Rico and Caribbean islans.
  • Color:  Yellow
  • Number of petals:  5
  • Form of the tree:  Triangular, columnar, V-shape, weeping, flat-topped
  • Time of blooming:  May to June
  • Purpose:  Ornamental
  • Symbolism:  Old royalty & communicates power and respect.

Description About Puerto Rican Hibiscus

The state flower of Puerto Ricoyellowhibiscus is also called the “Queen of Tropical Flowers” though it grows wildly in the world’s tropical, subtropical, and warm temperate regions as an ornamental plant. Hibiscus is a small tree with evergreen shrub, glossy single stem leaves. It grows up to 8 feet tall. As it is a diverse genus hibiscus made around 220 species of flowers with five bright colors like red, white, pink. Purple and yellow.

Hibiscus Rosa- Sinensis which means ‘China rose’ is the most popular among its 220 varieties. People have fencing and ornamenting their gardens by planting hibiscus trees. The Tahitian and Hawaiian girls have traditionally worn hibiscus which has a secret symbolic indication.

Puerto Rican Hibiscus

It grows in rich and well-drained moist soil full of the sun naturally near ditches, edge of ponds, and swamps. Usually, the hibiscus is being considered as an ornamental flower, decoration of hoses and fencing gardens, and beautification of lawn and premises. The hibiscus is one of the great gifts of the creator to his creature as it has or can be used for any purpose. It is the source of food and medicinal use. Hibiscus tea has a delicious taste and is caffeine-free with a lovely fragrance.

The dried hibiscus is edible and used for food. Hibiscus tea is rewound by various names and brands. In Australia, it is Roselia, Latin America flor de Jamaica in and sorrel in Jamaica. It has a lot of health benefits like; Protects Liver, Manage Blood Pressure, minimize Cholesterol, improves Digestion, Satiates Thirst, Lowers weight, Act as an Anti-Inflammatory and Antibacterial agent, Act as Antidepressant Agent, and has Anti-Cancer Properties.

Indian Ayurveda physicians use the hibiscus for hair loss treatment, in the Philippines hibiscus roots are being used as an aperitif and tonic. The Adivasi of South Africa uses hibiscus leaf for dressing septic wounds. The Juice of hibiscus is a very popular health beverage in Jamaica and Mexico.

To sum up, Hibiscus is the people’s favorite national flower of Puerto Rico. Although it is an unofficial national symbol of Puerto Rico, it is the symbol of life, courage, and rapid growth of the nation.


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