Many hibiscus plants are grown solely for the purpose of landscaping or to attract certain types of exotic birds like hummingbirds. The birds are attracted to the Rosa Sinensis variety of hibiscus, despite its overbearing size.
To make dried hibiscus tea, add one teaspoon of the dried flowers to one cup of hot water allowing it to steep for three to five minutes, depending on the taste preferred.
The tea that is drawn from hibiscus is most popular in Jamaica. It is known by the name bissap in countries like Egypt and Sudan. During the Islamic fasting month of Ramadhan many Egyptian families will break their day-long fast at sunset with glasses of hibiscus tea instead of a traditional apricot drink.
The herbal tea has a range of health benefits which include lowering blood pressure and treating mild hypertension. Hibiscus tea also promotes the functioning of the body systems, maintains health and increases energy.