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Hibiscus - Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) Edible Leaf 2G

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Roselle, Jamaican Sorrel, Florida Cranberry (Hibiscus sabdariffa) - Live Plant

Ships in a 2 gallon pot

Looking for a unique and tasty addition to your edible garden? Consider Roselle, also known as Jamaican Sorrel or Florida Cranberry (Hibiscus sabdariffa). This live plant ships in a 4" pot and grows prolifically through Florida's hottest months, reaching an average mature height of 4 feet in full sun and well-draining soil.

Roselle is best known for its tart edible leaves and flower calyxes, which are extremely high in antioxidants and can be used in a variety of ways. The fleshy red calyces are particularly popular and can be used fresh to make wine, juice, jam, jelly, syrup, gelatin, pudding, cakes, ice cream, flavors, and more. They can also be dried and brewed into tea, spice, or used in butter, pies, sauces, tarts, and other desserts. The calyces contain pectin, which makes a firm jelly, and possess an acid, rhubarb-like flavor.

But that's not all - the young leaves and tender stems of Roselle can be eaten raw in salads or cooked as greens alone or in combination with other vegetables and/or meat. They're also added to curries as seasoning and have a tangy taste. The red calyces are not only rich in antioxidants, but also contain riboflavin, ascorbic acid, niacin, carotene, calcium, and iron, making them nutritionally important.

Even the seeds of Roselle are useful - they're high in protein and can be roasted and ground into a powder for soups and sauces or used as a coffee substitute. And the young root, although very fibrous, is edible.

Not only is Roselle a tasty addition to your garden, but it also has a variety of health benefits. It's been used in folk medicine for its mild laxative effect and ability to increase urination, attributed to two diuretic ingredients, ascorbic acid and glycolic acid. Its citric acid content makes it a cooling herb that provides relief during hot weather by increasing blood flow to the skin's surface and dilating pores to cool the skin. The leaves and flowers are used as a tonic tea for digestive and kidney functions, while the heated leaves can be applied to cracks in the feet and on boils and ulcers to speed maturation. The calyces and seeds are diuretic, laxative, and tonic. Boiling ripe calyces in water creates a drink that treats bilious attacks, and a lotion made from Roselle leaves is used on sores and wounds.

Overall, Roselle is a versatile and beneficial addition to any garden. So why not try it out for yourself?

  • Average mature height: 4 ft
  • Light: Full sun
  • Soil: Prefers rich, well draining soil
  • Hardiness zones: 8-11

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Shipping Stress - Transport can cause stress to plants, especially if spending a few days in a dark stuffy box. Leaf drop may occur.  Most plants survive with no problems or with minimal stress and recover quickly others may require extra love and attention with watering and gentle light after unboxing.

Physical damage - Occasionally, boxes become damaged during UPS handling & transport. Our shipping team takes all measures in securely packing your selection/s to minimize all damage and stress on the plant.  We've had great feedback on packing your plants with extra special attention. Unfortunately, it's past our control beyond our packing house.  
In cases of serious box damage, please contact UPS within 30 days to start a claim.
If it's just a broken branch or even part of a stem - just let it grow, take care of your plant and it will respond to your love.

Shipping Long Distances -  Orders that are shipped to the western US can often take 4 to 6 business days for transport, including the delay of agricultural inspections in Arizona, California & Texas. Please note that the quality of tender young plants is more affected by the extra length of stress inside shipping boxes. Extra care is taken during packaging to ensure quick recovery after unboxing.  Often plants need extra care for the first few weeks after transport.  Please review our policy on returns & refunds for more information, as well as our plant care guide. 

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