A wonderful collection of colourful hibiscus drawings and botanical illustrations. They are all in the Public Domain and free to print. The latest addition to the large collection of vintage flower illustrations on the site.
Showy hibiscus flowers come in many colours. From white to pink, red blue orange, yellow or purple.
Over 220 different varieties of hibiscus flowers have been identified. The trumpet-shaped flowers range from 4-18cm and have a minimum of five petals.
Interesting Tidbits About Hibiscus Flowers
- The hibiscus is a nyctinastic plant. This means that it closes its leaflets at night to protect the plant against cold and then opens them again in daylight.
- As well as being a popular ornamental and cultural plant, the hibiscus has an important ecological role too. Butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds are attracted to hibiscus flowers.
- The dried flowers make a popular red coloured tea, high in vitamin C.
- Hibiscus tea has many health benefits, from treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, digestive and inflammatory problems.
- Hibiscus cannabinus is a variety used to make paper.
- The national flower of Hawaii is the yellow hibiscus. South Korea, Malaysia and the Solomon Islands also have hibiscus as their national flower.
- Polynesian women used to wear a hibiscus flower in their hair. A flower behind the left ear meant she was in a relationship. If the flower was worn the right, that meant she was single.
- In Sri Lanka, the hibiscus plant is called the “shoe plant“. Probably because the flowers bring back the shine of the natural leather when rubbed on shoes.
The Hibiscus Drawings and Illustrations
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A hibiscus botanical illustration is from the 1844 edition of Edwards’ botanical register, or, Ornamental flower garden and shrubbery.
The accompanying text is as follows: A specimen of this fine plant was sent us in August 1843, by Messrs. Rollissons, of Tooting, who state that it is a hybrid, between Hibiscus Cameroni and H. fulgens. H. Cameroni is a Madagascar shrub, with heart-shaped 5-lobed leaves, buff flowers, with five deep crimson spots in the eye, and a very small involucre; H. fulgens is a garden name for a varietv of H. Rosa Sinensis.The produce of these two is the very handsome variety now figured, which, as might have been anticipated, proves worthy of so beautiful a parentage.
This hibiscus print is from an 1806 edition of Curtis’s botanical magazine.
This hibiscus is found in wetlands of the eastern United States from Texas to the Atlantic states, up to southern Ontario.
This is the hibiscus roseus more commonly known as the Chinese rose. It’s a tropical plant, widely grown as an ornamental flower in the tropics and subtropics.
The flower print is from the 1896 book, Favourite flowers of garden and greenhouse /by Edward Step.
A drawing of a flower commonly known as a tropical hibiscus. The showy flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Flower illustration from, Botanical Register; Consisting of Coloured Figures of Exotic Plants Cultivated in British Gardens; with their History and Mode of Treatment by Ker Gawler 1817.
The flower is more commonly known as the Brazilian Rosemallow and is found from Central to South America.
Hibiscus waimeae is endemic to the island of Kauaʻi in Hawaii.
Another hibiscus drawing from Curtis’s Botanical Magazine (1914).
This delightful drawing of a male and female swamp-warbler and a cotton rose (Hibiscus grandiflorus), is by J.J. Audubon.
J.J. Audubon (1785-1851) is an American artist and naturalist whose most famous book is The Birds of America (1827–1839). This is considered to be one of the finest ornithological works ever completed.
More of his beautiful paintings can be found with this collection of American songbirds.
A large purple flower native is to Southern and Southeast Asia, more commonly known as Monarch rosemallow.
More commonly known as the largeleaf rosemallow. It can be found in the tropical forests of Southeast Asia.
The yellow Hawaiian hibiscus is the state flower of Hawaii. The flower illustration is from the Indigenous Flowers of the Hawaiian Islands by Mrs Frances Sinclair in 1885.
An hibiscus flower native to Australia and more commonly known as the Toilet Paper Bush.
The hibiscus illustration is from Edward’s Botanical Register, 1815.
A black and white drawing of a scarlet rosemallow (Hibiscus coccineus), from A flora of North America by William Barton (1821).
Botanical hibiscus painting is by Thomas Meehan from The Native Flowers and Ferns of the United States in their botanical, horticultural and popular aspects, Volume II (1879).
This hibiscus is found in the tree forests of Southeast Asia. The drawing is from the Dutch book Atlas of the tree species of Java, by Dr SH Koorders and Dr Th. Valeton,1915.
The engraving of this flower is from the Welcome Collection in London.
Scientifically known as Hibiscus laevis and native to North America. The illustration is from Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 1922.
Another North American hibiscus, is scientifically known as Hibiscus lasiocarpos. The flower drawing is from the book, Aquatic and wetland plants of southwestern United States, by Donovan S. Correll and Helen B. Correll.
From the magazine Addisonia : colored illustrations and popular descriptions of plants (1918).
From the Botanist’s repository, for new, and rare plants, Henry Charles Andrews,1797.
This variety of Hibiscus is popular for making hibiscus tea. Botanical illustration from Flore médicale des Antilles , 1821.
A Pomological Watercolor illustration of the hibiscus fruits of the Rosella plant 1906.
I hoped you enjoyed this collection of vintage hibiscus drawings and illustrations. Don’t forget to check out some of the other popular botanical flower drawings featured on the site.