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Tropicals: Hibiscus sabdariffa

Botanical name: Hibiscus sabdariffa

Common name: red-sorrel

also known as (east india-sorrel plant, jamaica-sorrel, rosella, roselle, thorny mallow, west indian red-sorrel, oseille de guinee, karkade, jamaican-sorrel, sorrel, indian-sorrel)

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Photo credit: Renee's Garden
Tropicals: Hibiscus sabdariffa
Tropicals: Hibiscus sabdariffa
Tropicals: Hibiscus sabdariffa
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Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Zones: 10a thru 11a

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This special herbal tea plant has attractive lobed leaves and creamy flowers. Once the pretty blossoms of red-sorrel are spent, just pick and air dry the teardrop-shaped flower calyxes to make a delicious ruby-colored tea with a floral, berry aroma and well balanced, cranberry-like flavor. Antioxidant packed hibiscus tea is delicious on its own either steaming hot or iced, or add a touch of lemon, a little honey, or your favorite fruit juice. Hibiscus thrive in a sunny, very warm spot in rich and well-drained soil, so add compost or aged manure to the planting bed. Transplant seedlings 8 to 12 inches apart. Pinch tops when 10 inches tall to encourage a bushy, branching form. For containers, choose pots 18 inches in diameter and 16 to 18 inches tall. - edited by dtd pbcouchman

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