Red Leaf Cranberry Hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella)

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Red Leaf Cranberry Hibiscus, also known as False Roselle or African Rosemallow, is a tall upright growing perennial evergreen herb native to tropical East Africa. It produces brilliantly colored edible leaves that have a crisp, light and tart flavor.  The deep purple leaves are loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants. Leaves are generally considered and prepared as a vegatable, making them a nutritious and vibrant addition to salads or stir fries. 

This plant makes an impressive hedge in any garden, growing tall, wide, and full of beautiful vibrant ornamental branches and deep red hibiscus flowers!

Plant Type
Perennial Evergreen Shrub

Harvest Season
Foliage: Year-round
Flowers: Fall, Winter

Mature Size
Up to 3-10 ft. Easy to prune and maintain at any height or in containers.

Soil & Moisture
Fertile, fast-draining soil. Water when the top 2 to 3 inches of soil becomes dry. Water the surrounding soil to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. Never allow the soil to become soggy.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade

Self-Fertile
Yes

Growth Rate
Medium

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors 8-11 with frost protection until well-established; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Growth Rate
Grown from cutting of mature flowering plants. Mature enough and ready to harvest within 1-2 months of planting. 

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