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botanical name:
Abelmoschus manihot
Abelmoschus manihot © Deeproot Plant Base    view larger image
common name:  Aibika, Pacific Spinach, Sunset Hibiscus
synonyms:  Hibiscus manihot
family:  Malvaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 2.00m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: fast
growth habit: erect
leaf colour: green
flower colour: yellow
stem/bark: red & green
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
Tender perennial, often grown as an annual. Erect, sparsely branched habit with reddish stems and large, palmately lobed leaves. Large Hibiscus-like pale yellow flowers with purplish centres.

cultivation:
Fertile, moist, well drained soil in full sun. Needs a warm climate to overwinter or grow as an annual. Will tolerate short periods just below freezing, if in well drained soil. Thrives well in areas with hot summers.
Can be grown in a pot.

propagation:
From seed, at a temperature of around 24°C. Transplant after risk of frosts.
Also strikes easily from cuttings.

usage:
Leaves and flower petals are edible, raw or lightly cooked, and are nutritious with a high protein content.

Very ornamental plant for kitchen gardens.

other notes:
Native to tropical Sout-East Asia and Australia.

pronounced: a-bel-MOSH-us MAN-ee-hot

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