General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Plant Height: 6--8 feet
Plant Spread: 4--6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Other: The flowers make a lightly sedative tea. A lot of people are allergic or have a bad reaction. can be over seeped easily
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Red-Leaf Hibiscus
  • African Rose Mallow
  • Hibiscus
  • False Roselle
  • Cranberry Hibiscus

Red-Leaf Hibiscus (Hibiscus acetosella) was a featured
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Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2020-11-08
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-11-20
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-09-15
Location:  Indiana  zone 5
Date: 2015-09-12
 root development 7 days in water
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: 2022-12-03
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2023-05-23
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Red-leaf Hibiscus
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-09-21
Photo by DavidofDeLand
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-11-11
Location: Hawaii
Photo Forest and Kim Starr - Plants of Hawaii
Location: my garden, Sarasota FL
Date: November 8, 2013
The flowers are a bit more muted than this photo shows.
Location: Jefferson County, Texas
Date: February 23, 2016
Location:  
Date: 2011-01-25
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-01-17
Photo by robertduval14
Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
credit: Raffi Kojian
Location: Hawaii
Photo Forest and Kim Starr - Plants of Hawaii

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
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photo credit: Forest & Kim Starr
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-11-11
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-11-20
Location: Hawaii
Photo Forest and Kim Starr - Plants of Hawaii
Location: Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-10-25
This hibiscus plant has grown to over 5 feet.  The leaves and flo
Location: my garden, Sarasota FL
Date: November 8, 2013
The camera makes it brighter red than it really is.

Attribution: Sr. Marcos Capelini
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-12-03
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Comments:
  • Posted by quietyard (Tucson, Arizona) on Aug 25, 2014 8:02 PM concerning plant:
    I have grown this plant for a couple of years now in the hot desert heat of Tucson. I have found that it likes filtered shade. It propagates very easily from cuttings that I just stick in a bucket of water. Within a week or two, tiny white roots will appear. So far I have not had any problems with insect damage on these plants.
  • Posted by GrowInFlorida on Sep 30, 2016 9:08 AM concerning plant:
    if you have an iguana problem, do not plant this hibiscus in the iguana-prone areas. They love this plant and will eat it to the bone (same as moringa). This is a very tasty plant for them. You can try to wrap the stalk in foil - it might scare them, iguanas don't like shiny reflective surfaces - but having foil hanging out in your yard can look unsightly. Mine was grown hydroponically and was pretty happy about it, so a water feature is also a good idea for this hibiscus. It's now grown in a group of alocasias and colocasias in soil with wet feet and is enjoying it immensely. Wilts if there is too much sun, so better put it in partial shade away from iguanas.
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