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Hibiscus acetosella - Welw. ex Hiern.

Common Name False Roselle, African rosemallow, Cranberry Hibiscus
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range E. and C. Africa.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Tender Moist Soil Full sun
Hibiscus acetosella False Roselle, African rosemallow, Cranberry Hibiscus


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Hibiscus acetosella False Roselle, African rosemallow, Cranberry Hibiscus
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

 
Hibiscus acetosella is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked. Added to salads or used in soups, stews etc[183]. They can be cooked with other foods to give them an acid sorrel-like flavour[183]. Root - it is edible but is very fibrousy[144]. Mucilaginous, without very much flavour[144].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a well-drained humus rich fertile soil in full sun[200]. A frost-tender plant but it can be grown as an annual in temperate zones[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in a warm greenhouse. Germination is usually quite rapid. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Give them some protection until they are growing away well. A sowing outdoors in situ during April might work, though if the summer is cool the plants might not flower and set seed.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Author

Welw. ex Hiern.

Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

Carol Brown   Sat Apr 15 2006

do you have a photo of this plant??

alimac   Sun May 21 2006

This plant grows easily and quickly in Queensland Australia. Dark red maple leaves, ruby red-wine coloured flowers.Growing very successfully on the sand islands of southern Morton Bay

   Mon Oct 16 2006

some good pictures of this and other members of the genus can be found at http://www.malvaceae.info/Genera/Hibiscus/galleryF.html

   Sun Oct 8 2006

Hibiscus (section Furcaria) Gallery photos

Jason Spotswood   Thu Jan 21 2010

It propagates readily through cuttings. Simply place a cutting in some water and it will root. Then transfer to pot or the garden.

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