Hula Girl hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinesis)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
This is the 'Hula Girl' tropical hibiscus , a cultivar of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Among the many varieties of hibiscus in our garden in Hawaii, this one produces the largest blossoms -- about six inches (15 cm) across. It is one of our favorites.
In case you are wondering about the name, this hibiscus variety is often worn by hula dancers in their hair, or tucked behind the ear. This flower is chosen for practical reasons: Unlike most hibiscus, these large yellow blossoms stay fresh-looking for quite awhile after they are picked, thus they are preferred by hula dancers.