Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The hibiscus is very large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm-temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions throughout the world. Surprisingly, their luxurious look doesn’t have to come with a difficult care plan. The truly tropical hibiscus varieties usually last for one season and are kept as annuals, replaced year after year. Within the same plant family, there are also a woody shrub variety and a perennial type that can be established in your garden.