Originally discovered in Cuba, El Capitolio's parentage is unknown. However, it resembles Hibiscus schizopetalus enough to suggest that it is the offspring of h. schizopetalus. El Capitolio in its red form is the original red "poodle flower."
Hibiscus schizopetalus is a species of Hibiscus native to tropical eastern Africa in Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. Its common names include fringed rosemallow, Japanese lantern, coral hibiscus, and spider hibiscus.