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Hibiscus Roselle / WIld Hibiscus Flower

This is the Hibiscus Roselle / aka Wild Hibiscus I have growing on my porch. The flowers can be used for tea and the leaves are edible - tangy and citrus just like the flowers. Because I could not find the plants in Belize, I ordered seeds and planted them for use them in the Absinthe "Red Devil".
The flower is quite small, but as you see the buds are large.... and the color and taste is amazing!
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Very interesting. Thanks for the picture. Are you growing this here? If it goes to seed can I have a few? I'll trade you something.


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Yes, I had to import the seeds. Each bud has 8-10 seeds - I will drop some off to you....

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How do you two ensure that you aren't causing any harm by bringing in non indigenous plants?


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Typically the harm is how it is brought in. The Department of Agriculture allows bare root and seeds, no soil of any kind. World food supplies have been enhanced for centuries by bringing in non indigenous seeds.


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Environments have been screwed up royally as well (see Kudzu).

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As I understand it, dandelions were not an indigenous plant/weed in Canada, either. While they are no where near as disastrous as kudzu, still very very annoying. And then there's the nasty purple loosestrife and Eurasian milfoil. Also, apparently clematis is becoming quite a problem. None of these have anything to do with the soil they grow in and whether or not soil has been brought with the seeds or roots/tubors.

Clover, thistles, pansies, violets . . . etc. etc. My yard and lawn are full of these things, and I didn't plant any of them. I treat the lawn regularly from spring to fall, and still, the thistles, clover & violets grow.

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There are hibiscus plants growing all over the island. The red dinner plate sized flowers are beautiful and do make great tea. I love the delicate coloring of your wild hibiscus Snoopysmom.

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Thank you iluvbelize!

And just to clear a few things up for the naysayers (golly gee!), this hibiscus variety is "Hibiscus sabdariffa, Hibiscus Roselle, also referred to as Sorrel" (perhaps you have tried the tea?) and is native to Central America.

Since I could not find a reliable source for the buds or the seeds here on the Island, the solution was to import the seeds (with Custom's blessing, BTW).

Wanna learn more about this plant? "GOOGLE IT" smile

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Naturalized in Central America....not "native".

Roselle is native from India to Malaysia, where it is commonly cultivated, and must have been carried at an early date to Africa. It has been widely distributed in the Tropics and Subtropics of both hemispheres, and in many areas of the West Indies and Central America has become naturalized.

The Flemish botanist, M. de L'Obel, published his observations of the plant in 1576, and the edibility of the leaves was recorded in Java in 1687. Seeds are said to have been brought to the New World by African slaves. Roselle was grown in Brazil in the 17th Century and in Jamaica in 1707. The plant was being cultivated for food use in Guatemala before 1840. J.N. Rose, in 1899, saw large baskets of dried calyces in the markets of Guadalajara, Mexico.


http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/morton/roselle.html

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