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Pushkraj

A tropical garden with some temperate surprises

Hibiscus acetosella

  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2016
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Pushkraj

The one on top is a bud and the one at the bottom is a faded bloom. Makes deadheading all the more heartbreaking :/ #hibiscus #bud #winter #upclose #macro

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Pushkraj

@sue1953

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sue1953

Oops you could cut the wrong one 😁

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gjones

Dead heading would be a bit tricky!

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Pushkraj

Exactly, @gjones - I wait a bit before plucking spent blooms.. besides, I've noticed the faded ones are slightly larger with an exposed green centre :)

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Jason

We have a plant similar this here in Jamaica called #Sorrel. We use it to make a nice beverage during the festive season of Christmas.

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Pushkraj

I've heard of it @Jason :)

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Jason

Hibiscus acetosella (cranberry hibiscus or African rosemallow) is an angiosperm of the genus Hibiscus or rosemallow. The word acetosella is of Latin origin and is derived from an old name for #sorrel (Oxalis) which comes from the sour taste experienced when eating the young leaves of the plant.Hibiscus acetosella is also known colloquially as false roselle, maroon mallow, red leaved hibiscus, and red shield hibiscus. Info. courtesy of Wikipedia

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  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2016
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Pushkraj

Good morning everyone! I've waited a long time to capture the true colour of this hibiscus. It was tricky because the dark colour, it's 2-hour lifespan and the morning sun didn't work well together. But here it is, finally! #cranberryhibiscus #hibiscus #african

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gjones

And it is a very beautiful and intense colour!

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Keely

Morning what a beauty such lovely colour 👌👌👌

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sue1953

Wow what an amazing colour absolutely stunning❤️❤️

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Pushkraj

Thanks @sue1953 !! The buds are just as pretty (photo in a minute)

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jolene

Reminds me of red velvet @pushkraj

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Pushkraj

Feels like it too, @jolene :)

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Pushkraj

A puckered up #hibiscus for your inspection @gjones :)

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gjones

How disappointing! Such a beautiful flower but so short lived. I wonder if every flower will do the same? As a bit of consolation, at least it has beautiful leaves!

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gjones

Did you notice that it doesn't have typical leaves of the hibiscus?

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Pushkraj

Wikipedia tells me it blooms for a few hours @gjones .... And the foliage is exactly why I have four of these plants!!! Acers and the like aren't sold here, and this plant is a lookalike. It's new in the Indian market too - never seen before!

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gjones

The leaves do resemble acers and they are beautiful. 😊

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clustyroen

Lovely shrub 👍

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  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2016
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Pushkraj

The first of many 🌺! It wilted within a mere 3 hours. Good morning everyone! #hibiscus #upclose

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Keely

Good morning shame it didn't last its a beauty 👌

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RedFuchsia

❤❤❤

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brightcolours

What a colour! #redhibiscus

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gjones

Why would it wilt so quickly? Temperature? Or is just typical of this type of hibiscus? It's beautiful- love the intense colour!

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Pushkraj

It was a surprise to me too! I'd been told by the nursery that the flowers are fragile, but I mistook their words to mean that the petals come off easily. The temperature was about 15C. @gjones

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gjones

So it's a very delicate plant with short lived blooms. That's a shame!

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Pushkraj

The flowers pucker up in an unusual way @gjones ... snaps to follow soon

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  • Season Icon Mid AutumnMid Autumn 2016
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Pushkraj

I've 4 of these African rosemallows, all of which are budding! This is a stunning substitute for regions where acer is not available. #african #rosemallow #bud

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brightcolours

Think I've just been given some prunings for cuttings!!

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Pushkraj

Good luck with them!!

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brightcolours

So far, so good. About two weeks old now.

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gjones

Great foliage!

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