Hibiscus sabdariffa – Early Rosella, Roselle seeds x20


Edible Fast Growing Large Shrub Medicinal

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Early Rosella, Roselle

Hibiscus sabdariffa

(This plant is not on the Australian Noxious Weed List.)

Thought to be a native of Africa, this plant has been spread widely by early seafarers as an emergency food source and now occupies most land areas in the tropics and sub-tropics. It is regarded as naturalised in the Australian tropics.

Hibiscus sabdariffa goes by a multitude of common names – Rosella, Roselle, Rozelle, Jamaican Tea, Maple-Leaf Hibiscus, Florida Cranberry, October Hibiscus and Red Sorrell in English and doubtless many other names in other languages. 

A search of the internet will produce a large amount of information on this plant, its cultivation, recipes, medicinal and other uses.

Rosella requires a growing season of six months and should be planted at the onset of warm weather in the tropics or started in a greenhouse in other areas. The climate range is from arid, dry temperate regions through sub-tropical and tropical climates. It does best in the dry season in the tropics.

A fast-growing annual, it will grow to 3 metres high and 2 metres wide in just six months. Flowering is in October which subsequently leads to a distinctive red calyx around the large seed pod. (The Calyx is formed of sepals which are the green outer coverings of a flower bud. These open to allow flower petals to emerge and then form a green base at the rear of the flower and subsequently the seed pod).

Edible parts of the plant are the flower petals for salads; the calyx for jams and sauces and dried as a tea; the young, tender leaves are cooked as spinach. Additionally, fibre from the stems is used as a substitute for jute and the petals used for making dye.

It is recorded that 6 plants, at 1 square metre per plant, will provide sufficient harvest for jam and tea making.

Offered is a packet of 25 seeds and propagation notes for this easily grown plant.

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Ole Lantana Seeds will not be responsible whatsoever for actions taken by the customer after receipt of the goods, this includes germination results, crop performance or loss as these are beyond the control of Ole Lantana Seeds.

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NOTE: In order to protect our existing stock from outside contamination, we do not accept returns.

Item specifics

Plant Habit:
Bushy, Flowering, Spreading/Branched
Common Name: Early Rosella, Roselle
Climate: Sub-tropical, Temperate, Tropical Season of Interest: Spring
Sunlight: Full Sun Watering: Medium
Genus: Hibiscus Type: Decorative Plant, Large Plant
Foliage: Evergreen Soil pH: Neutral
Species: sabdariffa Soil Type: Clay, Loam, Sand
Plant Hardiness Zone (°C): 4 (0 to 5 °C)


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