The homeland of this plant is Southeast Asia, so this Chinese rose is popular in many Asian countries as both a houseplant, and as a raw material for the preparation of herbal drinks. In Malaysia, hibiscus is even recognized as a national symbol, it adorns the state coat of arms, and is an alternative name for the Chinese city of Chengdu – Zhongzheng. The name translates as "the city of hibiscus".
Chinese rose is one of the local varieties of hibiscus, which have been in existence for more than five hundred years. Another popular species is the Sudanese rose, also known as karkade. As it is clear from the name, that the birthplace of Da Hong Mei Gui is China, where the plant is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. The Chinese rose is appreciated for the high content of essential oils and fruit acids, which have a general strengthening effect on the human body.