Roselle) Hibiscus acetosella
This species has striking red leaves similar to a Japanese
It can be planted in the spring and kept pruned for an attractive
annual shrub and may be grown as a temporary hedge.
Cranberry hibiscus is nematode and insect resistant and
does well in sandy soil. The young tender red leaves have
a tart flavor and are an attractive addition to salads, slaws,
or stir fries. In the fall it has pink blossoms. About
blossoms can be picked at dusk after they have folded, and
blended with lime juice and sugar to make a beautiful and
tasty drink. The petals add a bright red color rather than
any special flavor.
This is the flower
|Pictures from our back yard.
Text borrowed from http://www.echonet.org/eln&herbs/
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