Hibiscus sabdariffa

Native Rosella Display showing Flowers and foliage in Toonumbar NSW Australia

An attractive annual bushy shrub with flowers and fruit used to give colour and flavour to jams, fruit punches, sauces and desserts. A relative of the hibiscus family, best grown in rich soil in a sunny position.

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Specifications of Rosella

Preferred Climate Tropical, Subtropical, Warm Temperate, Cool Temperate, Arid (Dry)Learn About Climate Zones

Grown From SeedlingLearn About Propagation Methods

Max Height (when in the ground with good conditions) 1-2m

Plants required to Pollinate 1 (Self Pollinating)Learn about Pollination

Can it Handle Frosts? Sometimes

Amount of leaves in Winter? All Leaves (Evergreen)

Quarantine Restrictions to these Areas WA

Suitability in Pots Yes

Water Requirements Moderate Watering

Is it a Dwarf Fruit Tree? Can be pruned to 2m

Time to Fruit/Flower/Harvest 2-3 Years

Sun or Shade Full (Sun:80%-100%)

Preferred Soil Type Good Drainage

Soil pH Neutral (6.6-7.3pH)

Fruiting/Harvest Months February, March, April, May


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Rosella Reviews & Tips

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★★★★★ 1months ago

Townsville, Queensland, Australia


In the tropics plant about october and harvest from May onwards. I grow the ordinary rosella, the black rosella which is a deep magenta colour and a realy good size and the super rosella which is also extra large here in Townsville.

Brian T Parks
★★★★★ 1y ago

Lithia Springs, GA


In the Caribbean we call it Sorrell. And we make a drink with it. Now that I'm in the U.S I get it dried in the market and make drinks throughout the year.

★★★★★ 2y ago

BUNGALOW, QLD, Australia

Great Jam. This Rosella plant got so big it over grew where my Daleys Grafted Kohala Longan tree is planted so had to hack it back, still got lots of fruit. I place the seeds in a pot and just cover with water, bring to boil for 30 minutes. Then strain...

★★★★ 5y ago


It is a beautiful looking little shrub. I can feed the leaves to my bunnies and I can't wait to make jam out of the 'fruits'. It is also great for a seed saver!

★★★★★ 7y ago

Ashmore, 4214, Australia

Because it has beautiful flowers which are attractive...

★★★★ 7y ago

lakemba, nsw, Australia

Im not sure if it is the one from indian shopI loved it as a kid and want to grow them

Bernadette Flueckiger
10y ago

Brisbane, QLD


Interesting information on Hibiscus tea:

Kevin Joseph Mulroney
10y ago

Ipswich, QLD


Picking,preparing and making jam

Kevin Joseph Mulroney
10y ago

Ipswich, QLD


Pick when fruit is quiet large(no small ones).To prepare fruit.Get a tube 6inch long with a 1/2 dia tube litely grind end to sharpen place tube over stem end of fruit twist and push the seed will come out with the tube and you can put the flesh in pot

Kevin Joseph Mulroney
10y ago

Ipswich, QLD


Cooking jam i do not use pectin.I put the seeds in a pot cover with water and slow boil strain and use fluid to boil flesh combine fruit cup for cup with sugar

★★★ 11y ago

Bardon, Qld, Australia

I bought 3 plants that all had fruit about a month ago, but I wasn't sure when to pick them so they went bad. The the tips got covered in aphids. Then after one very cold night all three plants suddenly died (frost in Brisbane?). I can see a few shots ...

Priscilla Anthoney
12y ago

Perth, WA


Makes a great curry especially with pork.unfortunately have not had some in a while. does anyone know where i can get some.

Anne Edwards
12y ago

Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia


How do you tell the rosella is fruiting

David O'bryan
13y ago

Mansfield, QLD, Australia


Home made Rosella jam is unbeatable, easy to make as well.

Roberta Turpin
15y ago

Brisbane, QLD, Australia


The species of this particular rosella is sabdarifa.

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