Certain Native American tribes used the roots to cure coughs.
The writer remembers his maternal grandmother saying that he called the plant "high biscuits" when he was quite young.
The hibiscus is native to Asia and islands of the South Pacific.
It is the national flower of South Korea, the Conch Republic and of Malaysia.
It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
One species (kenaf) is used in paper making.
A tea has been made from the flowers. Various countries use various additives to add to the taste.
It has been used as a natural diuretic.
Dried hibiscus are edible and are considered a delicacy in parts of Mexico.
It can be candied and used as a garnish.
Fun for children: Many chidren of the Philipines take the flowers and leaves and crush them until the sticky juices come out. They use a hollow papaya stalk as a straw and dip it into the sticky mixture. Then they blow bubbles. And to think that some children think computer games are exciting.