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Hibiscus radiatus - Cav.

Common Name Monarch Rosemallow. Ruby hibiscus, Clavelina
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known in a truly wild situation.
Range Probably originated in the Asian tropics, but widely naturalized throughout the tropics.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Tender Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Hibiscus radiatus Monarch Rosemallow. Ruby hibiscus, Clavelina


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Hibiscus radiatus Monarch Rosemallow. Ruby hibiscus, Clavelina
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Hibiscus radiatus is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2 m (6ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Canhamo braziliensis Perini Hibiscus cannabinus unidens Hochr. Hibiscus lindleyi Wall.

Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

The leaves are edible[317 ].

Medicinal Uses

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The plant has medicinal uses[317 ].

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Other Uses

A fibre obtained from the bark is used for cordage and textiles[46 ]. Attracts Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds. Can be grown in containers.

Cultivation details

Industrial Crop: Fiber  Management: Coppice  Minor Global Crop

This species is often confused with H. cannabinus, but it is an allotetraploid hybrid of H. cannabinus and perhaps H. surattensis[317 ].

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Propagation

Seed. Cuttings: stem, tip and cane.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Fu she ci fu rong, Kembang sepatu merah, Monarch rosemallow

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Africa, Argentina, Asia, Brazil, China, Guiana, Guianas, Guyana, India, Indochina, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Paraguay, SE Asia*, South Africa, Southern Africa, South America, Suriname, Swaziland, Thailand, Vietnam

Weed Potential

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None Known

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : This taxon has not yet been assessed

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