Sunday, November 15, 2015

Hibiscus acetosella False Roselle, African rosemallow, Cranberry Hibiscus

Hibiscus Acetosella. Commonly dubbed Cranberry Hibiscus or Sorrel. 
I normally call this cranberry Sorrel because it's less complicated for others to learn. however it does lead to a bit of confusion from time to time. Many plants have the same common name. 

The flowers are quite a show. The leaf is great on Turkey sandwiches.

This plant will grow vertical till you cut it or tip it typically. I've heard of it growing 16 ft tall but mine have never reached over 8 ft. Mostly cause I cut them so they bush out. 

The stems can be used to replant. They root very easy. I often don't even water them in.

The seed pods can be a bit prickly. 

The leaf is commonly mistaken for Cannabis. The leaf is what's called by the botany heads a "Palmate". Many plants share this feature. It's easy to remember if you think of the palm of your hand with all your fingers. 

The flowers are eye catching but unlike the leaf they don't have much flavor.

Words of wisdom -
"It is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, it is in dying that we are born to eternal life." -Sir Francis

 The look of a plant may very slightly per area and other factors.

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