Hibiscus plants are usually planted for beauty when in bloom, their red flowers and various colors are the main attraction. But it’s different from Cranberry Hibiscus. This plant is grown for its striking purple foliage. Some people know that planting this type of hibiscus flower has another meaning, but beauty, this is a plant whose leaves can be eaten. Still few know if this plant is edible.
What are Cranberry Hibiscus Plants?
Cranberry hibiscus plant Latin name “Hibiscus acetosella” is a multi-stalked shrub with a growth of about 3-6 feet (1-2 m.). The leaves are green, red, and even burgundy, and at first glance the leaves are very similar to Japanese maple plants. There is an appeal not only to the flowers but the leaves are even more beautiful for the garden.
Cranberry Hibiscus has many names, including the African mallow rose, maroon mallow, false roselle, and some call it the red leaved hibiscus. Among the cultivas that you must get are:
- ‘Red Shield’
- ‘Jungle Red’
- ‘Haight Ashbury’
- ‘Maple Sugar’
- ‘Panama Red’
- ‘Panama Bronze’
Cranberry Hibiscus is a plant that has purple and dark red flowers. Bloom time is at the end of the growing season. When it blooms, there is a special pleasure, besides the beautiful leaves, the flowers also complement the beauty of the garden.
Cranberry Hibiscus Info
More information about Cranberry Hibiscus. It is a plant originating from South Africa, to be precise in tropical and sub-tropical and arid areas in South Africa. In fact, it is also an ornamental plant in North, Central Africa and the Caribbean.
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Cranberry Hibiscus is said to be a hybrid plant of African hibiscus flowers that grows wild in the forest. However, this cultivar is believed to have originated in Angola, Zaire and Sudan. Furthermore, this ornamental plant has expanded to other areas such as Brazil and Southeast Asia.
Is Cranberry Hibiscus Edible?
This is what is interesting about our article, the Cranberry Hibiscus plant turns out not only to function as an ornamental plant, but it is also useful as food, where the leaves can be eaten. Not only the leaves, but also flowers including those that can be eaten and included in salads to be eaten raw.
The petals are often an ingredient in teas and others. When the flowers are folded and then soaked in hot water. Can also be mixed with lime juice and sugar to enjoy as a pleasure drink.
Cranberry Hibiscus leaves and flowers are not only delicious, but rich in antioxidants which are quite beneficial to prevent premature aging. Apart from being rich in antioxidants, it also contains many minerals and other nutrients such as calcium, iron, vitamin B2, vitamin B3 and Vitamin C.
How to Grow Cranberry Hibiscus
The Cranberry Hibiscus is a perennial that does well in USDA zones 8-9, and it can be grown as an annual in other zones. This plant blooms very slowly, so there are many instances where this plant sometimes has to fight the cold of the season so that many die before blooming. If you want to plant in containers, they can also grow well there like the Lemon Button Fern plant.
Unlike the Lemon button Fern, Cranberry Hibiscus is a plant that likes full sun. However it can tolerate some shade to grow. This plant can grow in various types of soil. However, the best place as a habitat is a place that is well drained. That is, he likes dry but watered soil.
Cranberry Hibiscus is great for growing as a single specimen plant or as a hedge to guard a home or garden circle. It is also great as a plant to decorate a garden. This deep red color makes a lot of eyes fixed on it and it is very interesting to see in your garden.
Cranberry Hibiscus Care
Most of these plants are resistant to pests and can grow without special care. But if left alone, it will grow a little thin, but you can outsmart it by trimming it regularly.
By pruning regularly, the growth of the stem will enlarge without upward growth. If you make this plant as a hedge, then you can prune it from a young age so that it doesn’t grow tall.
At the end of the season you can cut the plant back, and mulch it well depending on the USDA zone. in the second year, they will grow back well.
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Can also propagate the Cranberry Hibiscus through cuttings. Take cuttings in the fall to store them and replant in the following growing season. The cuttings from this plant will easily take root in the soil and will do well in an indoor pot during the winter.