Around the world, there are hundreds of flowering plant species known as Hibiscus, many of which are purely ornamental rather than medicinal. The most common of these ornamental varieties is Hibiscus syriacus. Like the rest of its sister strains, syriacus is part of the mallow family.
The hibiscus plant is widely revered by a number of cultures. For instance, the ancient Egyptians reaped the medicinal benefits of hibiscus tea thousands of years ago, drinking the beverage as a sort of all-encompassing elixir. Today, hibiscus tea is a popular beverage for wedding toasts in both Egypt and Sudan and is commonly sold in open-air cafes.
In Hindi mythology, the red hibiscus is considered the symbol of the goddess Kali, who represents death and destruction as well as motherly affection. Hibiscus is also the national flower of Haiti, and the Hibiscus rosa-sinensis has been given the same designation in Malaysia.
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