Red hibiscuses, part of the set: Red and white hibiscuses (Cotton Rosemallows - Hibiscus mutabilis - changing colours). In ancient China, the flowers were believed to resemble beautiful ladies. A Chinese proverb runs: ‘Cotton rosemallow out of the Water’ meaning a young lady of appreciated beauty. A certain number of historical paintings depicting beautiful young women are also titled as such by their respective painters.
Colour on silk. Located at the Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo.
Date 1197 ( Song Dynasty)
Text and images from Wikimedia.
Please note that there are about 200 species of Hibiscus and there are more unknown hibiscus flowers due to genetic variations in them and yes, some do actually look like these.