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Hibiscus acetosella

False Roselle (Hibiscus aHibiscus acetosellacetosella) has red leaves reminiscent of a Japanese maple. The flowers, which are open only a day, are used in salads. Young leaves can be added to salads or chopped and used in stir fries. Note the leaves are NOT sweet. A close relative, Hibiscus sabdariffa, the true Roselle, is also called the Cranberry Hibiscus. Its fat calyces are used from Florida to South America to make a tart cranberry-like flavored drink.

 

 

 


Hardiness:

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

 

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