The Question and Answer section for Purple Hibiscus is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Papa was abusive to mama. She puts up with his violent and emotional abuse but cannot accept the abuse being directed at her children. Mama feels she has no option but to kill her husband to safeguard her children.
Aunty Ifeoma grows the purple hibiscus, a rare hybrid created by a botanist friend of hers. Jaja is drawn to the flowers when he arrives in Nsukka. For Jaja, the flowers represent freedom. Instead of just following what must be, Aunty Ifeoma's...
I think this is in chapter 11. Aunty Ifeom visits her in the hospital.