General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 4 to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 4 to 6 feet
Fruit: Dehiscent
Other: 1/2 to 3/4 inch 5-valved green capsules, maturing to brown. Each chamber contains 3 to 4 kidney shaped light-brown seeds.
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Other: Pale, buff-yellow to deep yellow with reddish-maroon eye; fading to pinkish in color
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Leaves
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Scarify seeds: Soak 24 hours.
Needs specific temperature: 75-80F
Depth to plant seed: 1/4 inch
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Roselle
  • Jamaican Tea
  • Maple-Leaf Hibiscus
  • Hibiscus
  • Red Sorrell

Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) was a featured
Plant of the Day for December 16, 2015.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 9, 2012 4:07 PM concerning plant:
    This plant is an annual or perennial herb or woody-based subshrub, growing 7-8 feet tall. The leaves are deeply three- to five-lobed, 3-6 inches long, arranged alternately on the stems.

    The flowers are 3–4 inches in diameter, white to pale yellow with a dark red spot at the base of each petal and have a stout fleshy calyx which becomes fleshy and bright red as the fruit matures. It takes about six months to mature.

    The plant is considered to have anti-hypertensive properties. In some places, the plant is primarily cultivated for the production of bast fibre from the stem of the plant. The fiber may be used as a substitute for jute in making burlap.

    Hibiscus, specifically Roselle, has been used in folk medicine as a diuretic, mild laxative, and treatment for cardiac and nerve diseases and cancer.

  • Posted by Hazelcrestmikeb (Hazel Crest, IL - Zone 5b) on Nov 12, 2017 3:22 PM concerning plant:
    Sorrell is a popular drink in the Carribbean during the Christmas season. Touching the outer layer of the pods and then touching your skin will cause severe itching.
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