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Ruby Hibiscus has , the leaves, and calyxes are edible and can be used for tea.

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Ruby Hibiscus is my tea of choice for making Kombucha.

Be warned, wear gloves when harvseting the of this . There are tiny hairs on the calyxes and stems that will poke into your skin. It feels like fiberglass splinters and takes a few days for the feeling to go away. ***

In the , I use hibiscus as a pioneer plant in new sections of the .
The plant can be used for and drop for most of the season and it will still
produce a bounty of to be harvested for tea in the fall.

Its a great pollinator and attract .

The scientific name of this plant is Hibiscus radiatus.

Some of the common names are Monarch Rosemallow. Ruby hibiscus, and October Rose

The experts say that this plant is hardy as a perennial from zones 9-11 and may be grown as an annual or in containers in cooler climates.

My experience is that Ruby grows as a self seeding annual even in .

Ruby needs a long growing season for the flowers pods to completely mature.

It blooms when there is 11-12 hours of darkness every day, which is in mid to late October in .

The fruits (calyx) mature in November through December.

Ruby Hibiscus is a low maintennace plant that grows from 3-10 feet tall.

It requires 6 or more hours of full sun.

It is not picky about . It does well in clay, loamy and sandy soils.

It prefers an acific to neutral, well drained . It will tolerate occasional flooding and standing water.

The purple Ruby Hibiscus flowers are highly ornamental.

The flowers, leaves, and calyxes are edible and considered as a throughout the world.

The leaves are eaten raw in salads. The flowers and calyxes are typically made into a tea or other drink.

This is true for most, if not all, hibiscus species.

Ruby Hibiscus can be propagated by seed or by

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