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Plant of the Month

Florida Cranberry
 

Hibiscus sabdariffa

As some others might have heard it by Roselle, Sorrell is a highly edible plant that might remind you of okra. In tropical and subtropical regions worldwide, the leaves are consumed as a vegetable, a spicy version of spinach. They are used in food preparation, while the calyx and flowers are used to flavor, color, and make teas. The calyx is also used in making wine, jam, juice, jelly, and syrup, while also used as a spice.

 

It can be grown as a herbaceous perennial in zones 8 through 11. Roselle can be grown as a fast growing annual in more northern parts of the state.  It will need full sun to grow well. It can be grown in containers or in the ground. Germination is very rapid. Its deep root system makes this plant quite drought tolerant. Its bright red stems and red-veined leaves make it a showstopper in the garden!

 

By:  Jack LeCroy

 

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