Florida Cranberry (Hibiscus sabdariffa)

Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
18 Reviews
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Available only in the Spring!

Sow Exotic's best-selling plant is BACK! The Florida Cranberry is an annual fruiting hibiscus grown in the spring that produces tasty and nutritious fruit in the fall.  Because Florida Cranberry is an annual, we're only able to carry them for a short period of time.

Florida Cranberry is grown around the world and is known by many names, including Roselle, Jamaican Sorrel, Fleur de Jamaica or Gongura.  It's loved for its edible leaves and succulent bright red flower calyxes.  The culinary "fruit" is actually the enlarged flower calyx. It has a crisp apple-like texture and a tart cranberry-like flavor. When brewed as a tea, it has a beautiful bright red color.

Florida Cranberry is an amazing plant to grow in your edible landscape, especially here in Florida where it has a rich history as an original homesteaders plant.  It grows very easily without irrigation in any soil type, yielding many pounds of highly nutritious and delicious fruit.  It is virtually drought tolerant and disease resistant.  

 The fruit has many uses! Of course they can easily be eaten fresh, but also dehydrated for teas and fruit leather, distilled, fermented into beer and wine and kombucha, made into juices or syrups, or used in floral arrangements, and the list goes on. Medicinally, Florida Cranberry is proven to lower blood pressure.

Plant Type:
Annual Fruiting Shrub, Medicinal Herb

Harvest Season:
Leaves: Summer through Fall
Fruit aka Flower Calyxes: Fall, early Winter

Mature Size:
Up to 4-6 ft tall and 2-4 ft wide

Soil & Moisture:
Florida Cranberry can tolerate nearly any soil condition and is somewhat drought tolerant.  It likes rich, moist, sandy, well-draining soil.

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade.  Performs best with morning sun and afternoon shade. 

Growth Rate:
Fast, Very Fast

Zone Hardiness:
Grown annually outdoors Zones 4+

Our Florida Cranberry is grown from seed and capable of harvest within the growing season.
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
Based on 18 reviews
Total 5 star reviews: 16 Total 4 star reviews: 1 Total 3 star reviews: 0 Total 2 star reviews: 0 Total 1 star reviews: 1
94%would recommend this product
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18 reviews
  • BT
    Barbara T.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 10+
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 months ago
    Beautiful and useful!

    This is a beautiful plant! I ordered four to go around the base of our Sylvester Palm in the front yard. One of the stems broke off a week after I planted it, but flourished again with a little root growing powder. I made a yummy hibiscus syrup. I missed that these are annuals, and you have to replant each year from seed. I had saved some seeds and should have started them early. I will buy more plants this year and from now on will start them from seed myself.

    I found a great YouTube video on all the different ways to process the calyces. Wish I had found it sooner because I let a bunch go bad before I put them to use! Look for the “Farm Life with Kids” channel and search for the Roselle hibiscus processing video.

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    Heather J.
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 5-10
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    7 months ago
    Thrilled! So many uses

    I wish I had purchased 3 more!! We are enjoying tea and jam and the leaves are so tasty picked and eaten or added to salad. I’m still looking for the best use of the seeds- there are options!!! Really enjoy this plant and it hasn’t attracted unwanted pests of any kind! Thanks

  • S Profile picture for Sam
    Verified Buyer
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 10+
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    Excited to grow!

    Looks awesome and excited to watch these grow this summer!

  • C
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    4 minutes ago
    5 Stars

    Very pleased, as always!

  • J
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    11 months ago
    5 Stars


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