Also known as the Chinese rose, it is native to East Asia. It is an erect shrub with a woody stem that can reach up to 5m. in height. Its leaves are bright green or golden yellow, petiolate, glossy, wide and have uneven edges. The flower is bell-shaped, with colors that vary between red, pink or scarlet. It is made up of 5 petals, prominent stamens and pistils that do not last very long. Its fruit is a capsule, although it very infrequently develops. Propagation occurs by seeds, cuttings, layers and grafts. It prefers tropical climates, humid soils and sunny places. Little watering is required.
It is an ornamental plant, widely used in gardening and landscaping. It has also been used for beauty products, such as capillary skin care.