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Hibiscus sabdariffa/Roselle


Young plants ready for sale at a nurseryi

Flowers resemble those of cotton plant

Flowers turn darker pink as they age through the day

The red calyx may be eaten fresh or in a salad

These red calyces will be ready to be munched on in a day or so

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Scientific Name: Hibiscus sabdariffa
Common Name: Roselle
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Fall
Flower color: Various
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: A perennial, but grown mostly as an annual. Does not bloom until the days become short in October. Hpowever, where winters are very mild, they will flower in spring after the short days of late winter. The calyx, at the base of each flower, edible and used in making juice, jam, jelly, and sauces.