Hibiscus,Thai Red Roselle
Beautiful 3-5 ft. plants with red stems and leaf veins. The bright red calyxes can be used to make "tea, sauce, syrup, or jam, or candied whole for a treat. Found in the popular drinks agua de Jamaica and sorrel For strongly flavored teas, simmer for 10-20 minutes.
Hibiscus was called "Florida cranberry" in the 1890s. The flowers and young leaves are edible and have a citrus tang. The stir-fried greens are much used in Burmese cooking! Space plants 3-6 ft. apart -- the wider the spacing, the more calyxes will ripe.