Sthol-padma, Confederate rose, Hibiscus mutabilis
Sthol-padma or Confederate rose (Hibiscus mutabilis, family: Malvaceae) is a wonderful Perennial hibiscus that comes from China. The deciduous plant is introduced to Bangladesh as well as Indian sub-continent and USA. This fast growing woody shrub can grow up to 3 meter tall.
Common Name: Sthol-padma, Sthalkamal, Confederate rose, Dixie rosemallow, Cotton rosemallow.
Leaves are simple, alternate, deeply cordate, 3-5 lobed, 8-15 cm long, hairy on both surfaces, petiole long.
The flowers of hibiscus mutabilis are large or small, double or single, 9-18cm in across. white, red or pink. It is called 'changeable rose' as it changes color with the change of time.
Flower blooms in September-December. Propagation is caused by cutting and air layering.
Leaves and flowers of hibiscus mutabilis are are used in piles, abortion and urinary problems. Extract of root is used in menstrual problem.
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