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Seeds from Hibiscus cannabinus is a perennial plant from the Malvaceae family that grows in full sun as well as partial shade and is endemic to tropical areas. It is drought tolerant. It tolerates both acidic and alkaline conditions. The plant should be watered regularly and fertilized as needed. A close relation to okra, cotton and hollyhocks. It has a very ancient history with its origins in Western Sudan, Africa and East Indies and cultivated as far back as 4000 years ago. This plant grows beautiful palmate leaves that look like the marijuana plant. A plant can grow very fast and can reach a height of 12 or more feet. It produces very beautiful dark red flowers with evergreen oval shaped leaves. Hibiscus cannabinus is indeed a very useful plant. The flowers, leaves, seeds and roots are used in variety of ways. The leaves and roots are edible, and they are used along with the seeds in herbal medicine for the treatment of coughs. The seeds produce an oil, which can be used for the making of soaps and lotions. Seeds ground into a fine flour are used to bake cakes. In countries like China and Thailand, hibiscus cannabinus is used in making fine paper product that is similar to hemp paper. The fibers of the plant are also used similar to hemp fiber. In Africa, it is used in animal feeds. Other usages include the commercial production of ropes and fabrics. Growing information Seeds should be sown about 1/8 inch deep with two seeds per hole. Zones 6 to 10.
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