Roselle / Rosella
Also known as Roselle, this species of Hibiscus is native to West Africa and used often as a drink around the world. They are also cultivated for the fibre of the stems, which can be used in making burlap.
Reaching up to 4.5m tall with lance-shaped leaves approximately 2cm long each. Flowers are about 10cm in diameter, white and with a dark red spot at the base of each petal. Oval shaped, dark brown fruits follow the flowers, and can be added to fruit salads, or cooked into jams and other sauces.
Highly popular as a drink in the Caribbean, Mexico and Africa, the leaves of this Hibiscus can also be used in salads or cooked into curries as seasoning.
Infusions of the leaves are considered diurectic and have been used in India, Africa and Mexico as native medicines for treating coughs, sores and other stomach ailments.
Please contact a GP before using in a medicinal context.
Prefers a well-draining soil and to be kept moist, in bright light. Cannot thrive in the shade.