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Seeds of Hibiscus sabdariffa – common names: roselle, Florida cranberry, Indian sorrel, Jamaican red sorrel. Roselle is a many-branched shrub-like annual that gets 4-7 ft tall and as broad. The dark green leaves are about 6 in across and dissected into 5 narrow lobes. The stems, branches, leaf veins, and petioles leaf stems are reddish purple. The hibiscus-like flowers, appearing in October, are red and 3 in across. At the bottom of each flower, enclosing the bases of the five petals, is a fleshy bright purple cup-like structure. It can be grown in containers or in the ground. Germination is very rapid. Its deep root system makes this plant quite drought tolerant. Its bright red stems and red veined leaves make quite a statement in the garden.The calyces of roselle are used to make juices, sauces, jellies, wines and pies.
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