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The Rose of China is a tropical variety hibiscus and can only grow in climates that are frostless, hence it is quite common on these islands. Hibiscus branches can be short or long, stiff and upright, or flexible and pendulous. Leaves can be broad or narrow, variegated or plain, with deeply cut or completely smooth margins. There is a wide range of flower variation as well, in a broad assortment of colors and forms. While most varieties flower profusely with irrigation, during periods of drought they will often revert to mostly vegetative state with a decrease in growth and a decrease in the size of both leaves and flowers.
Maltese name: Babiskuwa