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Hibiscus diversifolius - Jacq.
                 
Common Name Swamp Hibiscus
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards Some caution should be observed when using this plant because there is a report that it might be used to procure abortions. We have no further details.
Habitats Mainly by the coast, especially near rainforests, occasionally on disturbed ground in Australia in New South Wales and Queensland[152].
Range Tropics.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Tender Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Hibiscus diversifolius Swamp Hibiscus


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Physical Characteristics
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Hibiscus diversifolius is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses:

Young leaf buds - they are good either raw or cooked[144, 183]. The young leaves can also be eaten, they are mild and quite mucilaginous, making a pleasant addition to the salad bowl[K]. Flowers - raw or cooked with other foods[177, 183]. They have a very mild flavour and are very mucilaginous[K]. They make a very acceptable and beautiful addition to the salad bowl[K]. Root - it is edible but very fibrousy[144]. Mucilaginous, without very much flavour[144].
Medicinal Uses


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Abortifacient.

Abortifacient?[152].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a well-drained humus rich fertile soil in full sun[200]. A frost-tender shrub, it can be grown as an annual in temperate climates where it can flower and set seed in its first year of growth[200, K]. Plants can also be overwintered in a cold greenhouse if the winter is fairly mild[K]. As the specific name of this plant suggests, the leaves vary widely in shape. The first leaves to be produced are semi-circular in shape, but later leaves are distinctly three-lobed[K]. Plants are self-fertile[K].
Propagation
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse[200]. The seed germinates inside 2 weeks and should be potted up into individual pots as soon as it is large enough to handle. Grow the plants on fast in a fairly rich compost and plant them out in late spring after the last expected frosts[K]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. These will be difficult to overwinter unless kept in heated environment[K].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Hibiscus acetosellaFalse Roselle, African rosemallow, Cranberry Hibiscus20
Hibiscus cannabinusKenaf, Brown Indianhemp22
Hibiscus heterophyllusNative Rosella20
Hibiscus moscheutosSwamp Rose Mallow, Crimsoneyed rosemallow, Wild Cotton, Common Rosemallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Swamp12
Hibiscus mutabilisCotton Rose, Dixie rosemallow22
Hibiscus rosa-sinensisChinese Hibiscus, Shoeblackplant, Hawaiian Hibiscus, Tropical Hibiscus, China Rose, Rose-of-China, S33
Hibiscus sabdariffaRoselle33
Hibiscus sinosyriacusRose Of Sharon42
Hibiscus syriacusRose Of Sharon, Althaea, Shrub Althea, Hardy Hibiscus42
Hibiscus trionumFlower Of An Hour21
Talipariti tiliaceumBeach Hibiscus, Sea Hibiscus, Cottontree, Mahoe32
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