Roselle, Florida Cranberry hibiscus. Flowers start the day yellow with a pink blush (seen here) and turn to a dusty rose pink by mid day.
Florida Cranberry or October Hibiscus blooming true to its name. October 2005
Buds, October 2005
Roselle, Florida Cranberry young bush. These plants were planted as hedges in the past in Florida; their lovely shape, deep green leaves and red stems make them very attractive even before they bloom
Seeds were planted in April, it's 6' tall now in August.
Over 10' tall now in October. Getting ready to flower. It is loaded with buds.
True to its October Hibiscus name, now it's full of blooms and at a height of 12'. October 2006
Roselle, Florida Cranberry as a hedge. These plants were planted as hedges in the past in Florida and I can't understand why they aren't more widely grown now. Super easy, pest free, no trimming!
Roselle, Florida Cranberry flowers are a deep dusty rose by mid-day when the sun is out. Attractive to butterflies (such as the sulphur butterfly here) as well as other pollinators.
First bloom on the H sabdariffa ~ Roselle! Now hoping for seeds...
Florida Cranberry Hibiscus - Bushes are full of Calyxes after blooming - ready for harvest for tea, jellies or chutneys. They do taste like Cranberry!
Florida Cranberry Hibiscus - The bees are still trying to get to the sweetness even though the flower is gone, the calyxes are juicy and apparently still smell good to this honey bee!
Florida Cranberry Hibiscus -This is the right size Calyx for harvest (don't let them get too big, they loose flavor and get more tart) to make tea, jellies or chutneys. They do taste like Cranberry!
Hibiscus Sabdariffa TN
Photo: November 30, 2010. You can estimate the overall size by comparing the plant to the screen door etc.
Photo courtesy of and copyright of Armella Maria Pratt from Hervey Bay, Queensland
The fruit. Photo courtesy of and copyright of Armella Maria Pratt from Hervey Bay, Queensland