Yeah yeah, this is a hibiscus flower, at its stunning best. You'll see it all over India, wherever you go. But did you know:
That hibiscus is traditionally burnt in ghee to form a black dye for eyebrows?And if you knew all that, then - aha - I bet you didnt know these things:
That in Bengal, it is the favourite flower of the Goddess Kali?
That the women of Kerala have traditionally used the hibiscus to make a soapy shampoo?
That Polynesian women use the bark of the hibiscus to make grass skirts?God, I love wikipedia.
That karkade, or hibiscus tea is said to have been a favourite drink of the Pharaohs?
That hibiscus is called "shoe flower" because it was used to polish shoes in Jamaica?