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Abelmoschus esculentus, Hibiscus esculentus, Okra, Bamia, Gombo

Abelmoschus esculentus, Hibiscus esculentus

Okra, Bamia, Gombo
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: Africa
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowersEdible

This annual, herbaceous shrub is readily identifiable by its beautiful, pale-yellow flowers. The pods and leaves are edible, and young pods can be used in stir-fry and soups either blanched or pickled. When cooked it resembles asparagus, yet it may be left raw and served in a cold salad.





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Abelmoschus manihot, Okra - seeds

Okra, Bamia, Gombo. Beautiful, pale-yellow flowers. The pods and leaves are edible, and young pods can be used in stir-fry and soups either blanched or pickled. When cooked it resembles asparagus, yet it may be left raw and served in a cold salad.
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Abelmoschus moschatus, Hibiscus abelmoschus , Musk Mallow

Abelmoschus moschatus, Hibiscus abelmoschus

Musk Mallow
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: South East Asia
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.EdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Valued as an ornamental plant, due to its colorful and attractive flowers. The leaves are alternate, rough, hairy, heart-shaped or 3-5 lobed with serrated margins. Flowers are Hibiscus-like.

Cultivated for aromatic oil from seeds. Young leaves, shoots, and unripe seedpods are cooked as a vegetable.




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Alyogyne hakeifolia, Hibiscus hakeifolius, Cienfuegosia hakeifolia, Fugosia hakeifolia, Alyogyne lilacina, Red-centred Hibiscus, Desert Rose

Alyogyne hakeifolia, Hibiscus hakeifolius, Cienfuegosia hakeifolia, Fugosia hakeifolia, Alyogyne lilacina

Red-centred Hibiscus, Desert Rose
Family: Malvaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterPink flowersWhite/off-white flowersYellow/orange flowers

A.hakeifolia is a medium, much-branched upright shrub reaching about 10Ft in height. The leaves are dark green, glabrous, comprised of very narrow linear segments. The individual lobes make the foliage 'needle-like'. The plant produces an abundance of blooms each season. There are mauve, yellow and pink forms. Like its relative, Hibiscus, the individual flowers last only 1-2 days but new flowers continue to open over a long period, generally from November until March. The blooms are 2" to 6" long, tubular in shape, not opening widely and they usually have a dark red central spot. As A.hakeifolia is a desert plant, it is well suited to a warm, dry climate. It is intolerant of bad drainage but is adaptable and sufficiently hardy in cool moist climates such as south-eastern Australia. It is less hardy than Alyogyne huegelii in climates such as the subtropics with wet summers. A well-drained sunny spot is ideal although plants will grow in semi-shade. Plants perform best when they receive sunlight for most of the day and have some wind protection as large plants are subject to wind damage. The plant may develop into a well-shaped shrub without any need for pruning but it can be pruned to improve the shape if desired. A.hakeifolia tolerates mild frosts but some protection may be required from heavier frosts. Propagation from seed is relatively easy and no special pretreatment is needed. Cuttings also strike readily.





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Alyogyne huegelii, Hibiscus geranifolius, Blue Hibiscus

Alyogyne huegelii, Hibiscus geranifolius

Blue Hibiscus
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterBlue/lavender/purple flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Alyogyne huegelii is in cultivation, primarily in Australia and the SW USA, but also in Europe, where it is grown as a conservatory plant. In the former areas is a hardy and adaptable shrub, which is lime, drought and frost tolerant. It requires a well drained soil, but can be grown in sand, loam or clay soils. It can be grown in full sun, or in partial shade. Protection from strong winds is desirable. It is described as suitable for USDA zones 9 and 10, though in wet areas it may be necessary to grow it in containers, or to graft it onto other species of Hibiscus. Although it has a degree of frost tolerance, and has been reported to tolerate 12C of frost for short periods without permanent damage, it is not be suitable for growing in the ground in temperate climates, either due to longer and deeper periods of frost in continental climates, or to winter wet in maritime climates. In such climates there is the option of growing the plant as a conservatory or patio shrub. In mild areas growth as a wall shrub with a sheltered sunny aspect and a well drained soil it may survive for a few years, but will probably be seen off by the first cold or wet winter. Little watering is required, especially if the plants are well mulched. Once established supplementary watering should be required only during extremely dry condition, but is tolerated provided the plants are in a well-drained position.

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Alyogyne huegelii - Blue Hibiscus

Blue Hibiscus. Bright blue to purplish flowers. Drought tolerant, heat resistant plant.
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Hibiscus acetosella, African Rosemallow, Maple Sugar, Red Hibiscus, Cranberry Shield, Gongura

Hibiscus acetosella

African Rosemallow, Maple Sugar, Red Hibiscus, Cranberry Shield, Gongura
Family: Malvaceae
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterPink flowersOrnamental foliageRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEdibleSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This spectacular hibiscus has attractive maple shaped dark red foliage and mauve flowers. Leaves are edible, full of vitamin C, and great for salads. It forms an upright bush, blooms late in the season. Flower is very similar to Hibiscus cannabinus.





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Hibiscus acetosella - African Cranberry Hibiscus, red leaves

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Hibiscus acetosella - seeds

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Hibiscus arnottianus, Hawaiian White Hibiscus, Hau hele, O'ahu White Hibiscus

Hibiscus arnottianus

Hawaiian White Hibiscus, Hau hele, O'ahu White Hibiscus
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: Hawaii
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite/off-white flowersFragrant

Hibiscus arnottianus is a Hawaiian endemic plant with one endangered subspecies. It is native to the moist to wet forests of the mountains of Moloka'i and O'ahu.

The leaves are oval with a smooth upper surface and smooth or slightly toothed edges. The leaves are 4 to 6 inches long and often have red veins and stems. The single white flowers are pinwheel shaped, up to 4 inches across, and borne at the ends of the branches. Hibiscus arnottianus flowers usually have a weak fragrance. But, flowers have the most scent in the early morning when flowers open or in the early evening before they close.





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Hibiscus Aurora, Hibiscus Aurora

Hibiscus Aurora

Hibiscus Aurora
Family: Malvaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowers

Compact variety with tripple red flowers with multiple centers.



Hibiscus Aurora, Hibiscus Aurora


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Hibiscus cannabinus, Kenaf, Java Jute

Hibiscus cannabinus

Kenaf, Java Jute
Family: Malvaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersRed/crimson/vinous flowersYellow/orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Hibiscus cannabinus grows beautiful palmate leaves. It produces very beautiful dark red, almost purple flowers. The common name applies to the fibre obtained from this plant.

The leaves and roots are edible, and they are used along with the seeds in herbal medicine for the treatment of coughs.

Similar species - Hibiscus furcellatus





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Hibiscus cannabinus (furcellatus) - Salad Hibiscus, Sleepy Hibiscus

Salad Hibiscus, Sleepy Hibiscus. Vinous flowers open in the morning, and by 3-4 pm they convolve into a curious fico-like knot. Flowers cover the bush several times a year. Very similar to acetosella, this edible hibiscus is great for salads, rich of vitamin C. Seeds are used for making delicious tea. Very fast growing, form a large bush. Tolerates dry conditions. Grow your edible landscape in no time!

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Hibiscus Celia, Double red hibiscus

Hibiscus Celia

Double red hibiscus
Family: Malvaceae
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterRed/crimson/vinous flowers

Beautiful double flower cultivar with a dwarf habit. Nice bushy plant, good for potting culture. Blooms year round. Flowers 4" wide.




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Hibiscus coccineus, Scarlet Hibiscus, Scarlet Rose Mallow, Swamp Hibiscus

Hibiscus coccineus

Scarlet Hibiscus, Scarlet Rose Mallow, Swamp Hibiscus
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: Southeastern United States
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

The scarlet hibiscus makes an eye-catching specimen in the landscape with its huge crimson flowers and handsome palmate leaves. USDA Zones 6-10.





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