EDIBLE PLANTS, VEGETABLES AND HERBS
As featured by Lasting Looks of Sarasota's "Herbs for the Cure" on October 25, 2013, benefiting the Center for Building Hope.
The rich red leaves are a lovely setting for the pink blossoms and will add character to gardens, either as sporadic bursts of color or a single large feature, particularly since they can grow to eight feet or better and love full sun. Another plus is that they draw birds and butterflies during their blooming period of fall and winter. The Cranberry Hibiscus is a multitasker, being both edible and visually pleasing for landscaping.
Both the leaves and the blossoms can be used to give dash to green salads. They should not be more than about 10% of the dish, however, because of the oxalic acid in them and would not be advisable for small children or pregnant women.