Their beauty makes them look fake, like brightly crinkled paper perfectly formed. My cranberry hibiscus plants are loaded with buds and I just noticed the first blooms the other day.
They are a different species than the tropicals, these are more like a native plant, requiring less care, drought tolerant and propagating all by themselves. The flowers are a beautiful shade of purple/maroon with oddly shaped leaves and stems to match in a darker shade.
I'm going to make a point of gathering seeds to get them started all over the yard for no-fuss beauty . . . the shrubs are pretty without the flowers with those beautiful green and purple leaves.
The photo is from another season since I haven't gone out there to take photos. This past winter with unusual freezing temps for more than one or two days destroyed all that I had. I lost many of my plants, especially the tropical hibiscus and some of the gingers. Anyway, the cranberry hibiscus babies started popping up here and there . . . they have had no care at all and need to be transplanted.
Awesome plant! It was one of those plants that I acquired through plant swaps with local members of an old gardening group that I maintained online. I'm really starting to enjoy native plants moreso than any others . . . they are the ones that bounced back quickly from the brutal winter.