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Roselle, true or false?  RSS feed

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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.
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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.



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Ooh, and H. syriacus is hardier too, thanks Tyler! Anyone grown it?
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