Botanical name: Hibiscus makinoi
* Sakishima-Fuyo's start blooming in the middle of September. They are in full bloom in October, yet they still keep blooming even in November. The flowers are said to be a little bigger than those of Fuyo (cotton rose or hibiscus mutabilis) that apparently originated from China. The leaf lobations aren't as deep as those of Fuyo and the flower colors range from white to light pink to fairly deep pink. This species as well as hibiscus belongs to the mallow family.
* The Sakishima-Fuyo in my yard, which is now eight years old, germinated spontaneously and grew pretty big (nearly five meters tall). The wind scatters the seeds every year and they sprout throughout the yard. If they are allowed to grow where they land, my yard will be entirely covered with them. They seem to propagate quite vigorously.
* At this time of year, there are not so many flowers in the fields and mountains. So Sakishima-Fuyo flowers will easily catch your eyes outdoors. They open in the morning and fade in the evening. They are one-day flowers like hibiscus.
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