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Hibiscus acetosella 'Red Shield'
(Syn.: Hibiscus eetveldeanus), Red Shield Hibiscus, Purple-Leaved Hibiscus, False Roselle
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Vigorous annual or short lived perennial to 5 feet high with dark reddish purple stems and leaves. The leaves are maple-like with 3 to 5 lobes with 2½ inch wide pale red-purple flowers with darker centers. Can be used for a summer hedge or accent plant. Looks nice contrasting with silver foliaged plants. Give full sun to partial shade with regular watering. May be killed by temperatures below 38F. Easy to take cuttings in the fall before frost and overwinter indoors or in a greenhouse. The flowers, young leaves, and shoots are eaten raw, steamed, or used in soups or stews, which gives a sour, sorrel-like flavor. Unlike similar species such as Hibiscus sabdariffa, the calyx is not edible. Native to East and Central Africa.
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