The hot-blooded hibiscus tree is of the mallow family a relative of the marshmallow plant. It originated in lands close to the Equator where explorers discovered and brought them to Europe and other parts of the world. More than a beautiful and delicious edible flower, the hibiscus is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. To make hibiscus tea, just add a few teaspoons - or whatever quantity is right for you - to a teapot. Then fill with boiling water and let sit for four or five minutes. You can also use hibiscus in a variety of cold drinks and cocktails. It pairs well with spearmint and lemon, among other flavors. Have extra flowers? You can also use hibiscus in recipes and decorations.