Hibiscus, known as the "shoe flower" in Indonesia


Hibiscus, a typical tropical and subtropical flower

The hibiscus is also known in Japan as Fusouge or Bussouge, and is a symbol of the tropics, such as Indonesia, and the subtropics, such as Okinawa and Hawaii, where it is designated as the state flower, and in Hawaii, where it is designated as the state flower, a woman who puts the flower in her right ear means she is unmarried and a woman who puts it behind her left ear means she is married.

I can't even remember how many years I've been growing this strawberry-shaved red and white hybrid, which bloomed for the first time.

The prevailing theory is that the hibiscus was named after the Greek word hibiskos by Pedanius Dioscorides, a Roman botanist, writer, and physician, while another theory is that the hibiskos comes from the goddess of beauty (hibis), but this is not well understood.

The reason why the hibiscus is called bunga sepatu in Indonesian is not because the flower resembles a shoe, but because it was used as a shoe polishing wax in India in the past.

The hibiscus, called bunga sepatu (shoe flower) in Indonesia, is said to be native to South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands, and as a result of cross-breeding all over the world, there are now more than 200 species of hibiscus.

Personally, I like the single-petaled, large petal type, and I had a large white, yellow and pink hibiscus in my patio at my house in Bali more than 10 years ago, but I especially like the Hawaiian type variety called 'Madonna', which I called bendera Jepang (Japanese flag) because of the red center of the large white petals (sorry, no photo).

There was a large pink double hibiscus in bloom today.

The language of flowers is a term given to plants to give them a symbolic meaning, and although the general language of the hibiscus is "delicate beauty", each color has a slightly different meaning, as the flower comes in many different colors.

  • White: purity, beauty and elegance
  • Yellow: happiness, sunshine, good luck
  • Pink: a loving friendship
  • Violet: Enigma
  • Red: love and passion

Healthy Hibiscus Tea

In general, the amount of water is important in growing plants, and while home alocasia and anthuriums can quickly turn their leaves yellow and root rot if too much water is used, hibiscus is an easy plant to grow as it can be watered adequately every day without any problems.

One of the most important things to do is to fertilize regularly, and the current potted hibiscus at the Bekasi house is fertilized every other week with a strong root growth fertilizer and a flowering fertilizer, but if this is not done, the flowering buds will fall off before they can bloom.


Thanks to my self-restraint, I fertilized them frequently and got rid of pests, and I'm glad that they're blooming every day.

Another important thing to do is to check the underside of the leaves and the stems for pests if you feel that the leaves have lost any of their vigor.

Hibiscus is easily attacked by pests such as aphids and beetles, so if the leaves are shuffling even though they are well-watered, they are usually covered with insects and should be sprayed with a misting solution (Anti hama).

After the rain, there are three kinds of hibiscus in bloom as if they have good nutrition. The one in the middle is called "putri India" (Indian girl), but I think it looks like this.

Hibiscus tea, the famous flower tea as well as jasmine tea, has diuretic and bile secretion effects, and is expected to help detoxify the body, promote skin cell metabolism, and reduce blood cholesterol levels.

When I drank this hibiscus from a souvenir in Africa, I almost threw up when I tried boiling it and it tasted so bad, but it seems that hibiscus is a herbal medicine in Africa as well.