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What's in Bloom at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates?

Name That Plant, Win That Plant XV Answer: Roselle

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On October 28th

Roselle, Hibiscus sabdariffa

Who wants tea? Not only is the roselle a pretty plant with cranberry red stems and fall season blooms, but the dried flower can be used to make tea.  Also, at the base of each flower is the calyx, which is harvested about 10 days after the bloom opens for use in teas, juices, and jellies.  Like many hibiscus, the roselle, sometimes called Florida cranberry, has several medicinal properties and it’s used in herbal products.

Native to Africa, roselle does well in South Florida and is rated for zones 8 and higher.  It is an annual that can regrow easily from seed.  In zones 10 and 11 roselle may even survive a few years if the winters are mild.  The plant will continue to produce flowers during October and November as long as the flowers are harvested regularly.  False roselle, H. acetosella, is similar to roselle but has maroon-colored leaves.  Both species may sucker and can reach ten feet or more if not kept pruned.

You can find numerous recipes online that incorporate roselle.  Do any of you have a favorite roselle recipe to share?

We have a few roselle plants for sale in the Estates Garden Shoppe for just $4 – most are blooming and ready for your recipes!  If you buy yours before November 1, you can save 10% on ALL your Garden Shoppe purchases by telling the cashier the secret discount phrase.

4 Responses

  1. melissa (Adrastia217) Says:

    at the website called thinkgeek (here’s a link to the page ) …they sell hibiscus flowers in syrup…looks like the roselle you have pictured here


    Posted on December 6th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

  2. Jewel Williams Says:

    How do I buy this plant??? Grrrrr!

    Posted on October 14th, 2013 at 1:58 pm

  3. Edison Ford Winter Estates Says:

    Hi Jewel-If you look for seeds of the roselle it is really a Hibiscus sabdariffa. It is an annual that produces the fruit in October just before frost in the north, but in frost free climates like Florida, I harvest in November and freeze the fruit for use all year.

    Good Luck
    Sometimes we sell the seed on our website.

    Debbie Hughes, Horticulturist

    Posted on January 10th, 2014 at 3:09 pm

  4. Peggie Says:

    the plant name for Jan 10, 2014 is ‘hibiscus sebdariffa Linn’. the common name is sorrel it is use at Christmas time for drinks, Sorrel Kuchela,and many other things.

    Posted on February 7th, 2015 at 6:20 am