days to maturity:130 days
plant spacing: 9 square feet
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours hours
look out for: mealybugs in growing tips
harvest notes: prune off whole branches or individual leaves
Cranberry hibiscus is a beautiful & tasty hibiscus variety that stuns with its beautiful dark red maple leaf shaped leaves, and its maroon hibiscus flowers. The leaves are edible and taste tart, like its cousin plant Roselle (the hibiscus variety that produces tea calyxs), and the flowers are edible too. Chefs like harvesting the leaves when they are itty bitty and using them as garnish, and home gardeners looking for summer friendly leaf crops like to eat the leaves raw in salads or quick cooked in sautés and such. Cranberry hibiscus plants get large so make sure to give them lots of space. For that reason they’re best planted in your landscaping, not your raised bed. Come fall your shoulder or head tall plant will be covered with flowers for all humans and pollinators to enjoy.