Hibiscus Tiliaceus 'Sea Hibiscus'-EDIBLES-20 seeds-Heart Chakra
Ideal sowing temp: 18-24C.
Position: Open & sunny once matured.
Preparation: Soak in tepid water overnight.
Sowing: Sow seed on a porous seed raising mix and cover to a depth of 1-2mm.
Care: Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed, keep moist but not wet. Warm, shaded or semi-shaded position while sprouting.
Sprouting: 10-28 days.
Also known as ‘Cotton Tree’, ‘Native Rosella’, ‘Mahoe’, ‘Gatapo’ ‘Majagua’, ‘Cottonwood’, & ‘Beach Hibiscus’. Evergreen shade tree, screen or windbreak for coastal gardens. Fast growing. Large shrub or small tree with dark green foliage and bright yellow flowers with crimson centres, mostly in summer. The flowers last only one day before fading to burgundy before falling. Will tolerate exposure to saltwater and strong, salty winds. Drought resistant and salt tolerant but frost tender. Endemic to subtropical and tropical coastal regions of Australia, and worldwide.
The bark and outer layer of wood (sapwood) can be soaked in water to be poured over wounds as an antiseptic solution.
The flowers are edible and may be eaten raw or cooked by boiling like a leafy green veg or dipped in batter and fried like zucchini flower. The roots are also edible when cooked. Aboriginals are said to have wrapped the leaves around food before cooking to add flavour.
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Always seek advice from a professional before eating or using a plant medicinally.