• Post Reply
  • Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic

Roselle, true or false?

 
Nick Garbarino
Posts: 239
Location: west central Florida
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have converted some of the front lawn to mulched bed, now I need to plant something ornamental, preferably edible, and evergreen in Zone 9A and I am leaning toward cranberry hibiscus and day lillies, the latter of which of course would not be evergreen. Turns out true roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) and false roselle (Hibiscus acetosella) are both called "cranberry hibiscus". Well my understanding of these two is very tenuous, but here it is: Could it be that true roselle is the better of the two for culinary purposes but false roselle is considered by most to be more ornamental, while also being edible? Please, anyone who knows anything about either of these, share what you know and let me know which one you would choose. Or would you use both? Our bed is big enough for 5-7 full grown hibiscus say about 6 ft x 6 ft. I bet the answer is going to be, as usual, more complicated because each one has different varieties and so forth and so on. Oh well, I asked for it.
 
Tyler Ludens
pollinator
Pie
Posts: 8982
Location: Central Texas USA Latitude 30 Zone 8
132
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
False Roselle Hibiscus acetosella gets an edibility rating of 2 at Plants for a Future, whereas Roselle Hibiscus sabdariffa gets a 3. Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus gets a 4.

http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Hibiscus+acetosella

http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Hibiscus+sabdariffa

http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Hibiscus+syriacus
 
Megan Wantoch
Posts: 25
Location: Northern England
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Ooh, and H. syriacus is hardier too, thanks Tyler! Anyone grown it?
 
You're not going crazy. You're going sane in a crazy word. Find comfort in this tiny ad:
The stocking stuffer game for all your Permaculture companions
http://www.FoodForestCardGame.com
  • Post Reply
  • Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic