Red Leaf Cranberry Hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella)

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Red Leaf Cranberry Hibiscus, African Rosemallow, or False Roselle, is an upright, flowering subshrub, native to tropical East Africa. It is a tender perennial in warm regions but can be grown as an annual in colder zones and even overwintered as a houseplant. Its nutritious leaves are edible and it can be grown as an attractive ornamental as well.

Red Leaf Hibiscus grows 3 to 10 feet tall and has strikingly deep purple-red leaves that are loaded with Vitamin C and antioxidants. They have a crisp, tart flavor and can be used as a vegetable, raw or cooked, similar to spinach in salads and stir-fries. The 2-inch hibiscus flowers that bloom in the late summer, fall, and winter, are deep red and can be used to contribute their vibrant color to teas.

This striking plant grows in full sun to partial shade in rich, well-draining soil. It does well in the garden and also as a container plant. It is hardy in USDA zones 8 to 11.

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


Growth Rate:

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

Growth Rate:
Our Cranberry Hibiscus is grown from cuttings of mature flowering plants. Mature enough and capable of harvest within 1-2 months of planting. 

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3 reviews
  • CM
    Carol M.
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    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 10+
    Grown This Variety Before? No
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    5 months ago
    Looking forward to watching it grow.

    Very healthy plant and root.

  • K
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    8 months ago
    5 Stars

    Best yet!!!

  • M
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    5 years ago
    Such a beauty!

    Packaged with care & arrived safely. It’s flourishing. Can’t wait to see those blooms. Thanks so much!

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