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What The Heck Is It…

Do you know what this plant is? Here’s a hint: it’s not a Japanese maple, regular maple tree, or a pot plant. Hibiscus acetosella is its botanical name, and some of its common names are Red Leaf Hibiscus, False Roselle, Cranberry Hibiscus, and Maroon Hibiscus.


It’s a very fast grower, likes lots of sun, blooms very pretty dark burgundy flowers fall to hard frost, and the flowers and leaves are edible. I planted the one in the pic in May and it’s about 8′ tall now. It does have weak stems that can break if left unpruned. So grow it on a fence, next to a building, between bushes that it can lean on or keep it 3 – 6′ tall to make it bushier and less prone to breakage.


It’s a tender perennial that dies to the ground in winter, but usually comes back unless it’s a cold winter.


Don’t confuse it with Hibiscus sabdariffa aka Florida Cranberry or Roselle. They look alot alot but are two different plants.

I have these in 1-gallon containers at $3.99 each plus tax.

Happy digging in the dirt…

Jeanni and Gibbs

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