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Hibiscus heterophyllus - Vent.
                 
Common Name Native Rosella
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 9-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Moist eucalyptus forests, jungle gullies and rainforest edges[144, 193].
Range Australia - New South Wales, Queensland.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Tender Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Hibiscus heterophyllus Native Rosella


Hibiscus heterophyllus Native Rosella
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Physical Characteristics
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Hibiscus heterophyllus is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.8 m (6ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 10 and is frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.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:

Leaves and young shoots - raw or cooked. Pleasantly acid[144, 177, 193]. An excellent spinach substitute, the boiled leaves losing their acidity[193]. Flowers and flower buds - raw or cooked[157]. A very mild flavour[144]. Root - it is edible but very fibrousy[144]. Mucilaginous, without very much flavour[144]. The roots of young plants are used[193].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Fibre.

A tough fibre obtained from the stems is used for making nets etc[156, 193].
Cultivation details
Prefers a well-drained humus rich fertile soil in full sun[200]. Suitable for waterside plantings[200]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, it is unlikely to succeed outdoors even in the mildest areas of the country. However, it might be possible to grow it as a half-hardy annual, to flower in its first year from seed.
Propagation
Seed - sow early spring in a warm greenhouse. Germination is usually fairly rapid. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle. If growing them as annuals, plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer and protect them with a frame or cloche until they are growing away well. If hoping to grow them as perennials, then it is better to grow them on in the greenhouse for their first year and to plant them out in early summer of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Overwinter them in a warm greenhouse and plant out after the last expected frosts.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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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
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