Some say the name of the hibiscus derives from the ibis as it was believed that the bird lived off hibiscus plants. Many species are found in the marshy areas where the ibis thrives.
It is also very well rooted in Chinese culture, found in many ornamental gardens, and widely praised in the poetry of the Song and Ming dynasties. Even the old Chinese name for Korea means “land of hisbiscus”.
There once was a beautiful woman who had a natural talent for writing and singing lovely songs. The people of the village loved her because of her grace and beauty, but this woman had a husband who was blind. No matter, this woman cared deeply for her husband and loved him. There were many of rich and powerful men in other village who wished to have her as theirs but the woman refused their proposal, for she was strong-minded and sincere.
One day, the rich lord of this village came riding on the back of his horse to inspect the people of his land. As he marched through the village, he saw the beautiful woman of the village and immediately fell in love with her. He proposed his love to her and asked her to come and live with him but again, she refused. No matter how many times he tried, she still refused his proposal. Finally, angered from her stubborness and her sincere, strong mind, the lord sent his minions and kidnapped her. The lord again tried everything to please her but she refused and kept her sincerity. Furious and angry, the lord finally executed her. The village people took pity of this and took her body and buried it next to the house of where she and her blind husband used to live.
Brokenhearted, the blind husband cried and mourned for the loss of his wife and never left her grave. Months later, a beautifully sweet flower grew and grew around the grave of his beloved wife and his house. This flower was a hibiscus
(Source: Clark University, Biology Dept.)
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