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Hibiscus sabdariffa (Malvaceae)
Habitat and appearance: The basis of Jamaica tea, a plant native to Asia. There are many hibiscus, but this is the most popular for tisane purposes. It is an annual, reaching 2m, forming a branching, broad, bushy growth. Its stems are slightly shiny and reddish, while the leaves are ovate and undivided with small three-lobed stem leaves. The flowers are beautiful and solitary, consisting of red calyx and yellow corolla, each on a leaf axil.
Garden suitability: This can be grown from seed, but it must have a tropical environment to survive.