Hibiscus Geranioides Pink Geranium Leaf Seeds

Hibiscus Geranioides Pink Geranium Leaf Seeds

Packet of 10+ home grown organic seeds!

Seeds from the Australian native, and very rarely available Hibiscus geranioides, or Geranium leaved hibiscus.

This fella is found all through NT, QLD and WA, normally along the edges of rainforest or in clearings in the tropics.
That said, it should do fine anywhere as long as you germinate it during the warm months and keep it in a warm spot protected from frost.

The seeds are pretty easy to pop.
Just use a sandy well draining soil mix, surface sow the seeds, water well and wait about ~1month.

Here I get 80% germination like that, and some trays and pots even the final couple seeds come up too after a few months or when we get heavy rain.

Like most Hibiscus species the flowers make a great addition to salads giving them a splash of colour.
This fella grows to about 1metre max and if you cut the top of at about half that it bushes out nicely.
As a bonus the woody tip and branch cuttings strike easily in moist sand and it gives you a bit of a head start on the next lot of flowers.

The delicate bright pink flowers bloom and drop off every 1-2days and they are replaced with an endless stream of replacements.
Here they bloom pretty much continually all year round but down south in cooler climates its more of a Spring Summer Autumn thing.

The flower, leaves, and plant as a whole looks cool.
Lots of pretty pink flowers and native too.

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!

Hibiscus Cannabinus Red Kenaf Brown Indian Hemp Seeds

Hibiscus Cannabinus Red Kenaf Brown Indian Hemp Seeds

Packet of 30+ home grown organic seeds!

Been growing it for years, but things get a bit hectic at times and I have just never got around to adding it to the website.
It is a great plant from purely an ornamental point of view, with masses of dark pink to red colored flowers.

*Before I get even more emails I will say straight off the bat that yes, it does have “hemp” in the common name, and yes, it does have a cool looking leaf too, but this is definitely not Cannabis species.
No I don’t grow marijuana or or any other illegal species, and no, I can not source illegal drugs for you even if you ask me really nicely, or if you want it for use as a medicine only.
No, you definitely shouldn’t waste both our time double checking, just in case..
After all these years the 1-3emails a week when clearly I am not that sort of store gets a bit tedious…

Everyone read that bit?
Cool, lets move on.

The leaves are edible with a mild lemony tangy, and in southern India they are a very common pot herb known most commonly as gongura.
It is prized for its high iron content, along with having a whole host of medicinal uses.
The flowers can be eaten too, just as is when wandering around the garden like I do, or torn up in salads to add antioxidants and a splash of colour.

The seeds can be roasted or ground into flour and made into a kind of cake or bread, and it can also be whole pressed for oil.
They are considered aphrodisiac or as diet supplements to increase weight and they contain 18-35% oil.
It is said to be very similar in consistency to peanut oil and I have it one the to do list to have a crack at making some myself.
It is refined and used for cooking, but also as a varnish and sealant on both wooden and metal tools, as a lubricant, for making soap and paint, and for burning in oil lamps.

Even the root is edible being best used in slow cooked or pressure cooker meals to add some oumph and help thicken it up.

The fibre from the main stems are used for making rope, nets, cordage, canvas, and paper, and in the large scale commercial plots 2 or 3metre long strands are not uncommon.

There are a couple newspapers around the world that boast their product is produced solely from this environmentally friendly and 100% sustainable resource, and not only is it better for the environment than logging of old growth forests, it produces a better quality product, with a much higher strength and resistance to tearing.

The world wide production for this species is around 300,000tonnes, mostly coming from India, China, Africa, and Malaysia, but I reckon Australian production will definitely increase as our forests continue to dwindle and costs of logging increase.

Traditional Ayurvedic medicine prescribes the leaves for dysentery, listlessness, nausea, acidic reflux, anaemia, fatigue, lassitude, blood and throat disorders.
The slimey texture really soothes the throat and lessens cough.

They are used as a poultice and the mashed leaves dry to form a sort of gummy glue that keeps wounds covered and protected and I have used it myself from time to time.

It is used the same way on insect, spider bites, scorpion stings, splinters, boils and skin conditions.

In many parts of Africa the leaves are dried and powdered, then mixed with neem oil and applied as a treatment for Guinea worms.

It is considered a much more effective alternative to modern vermicide and antibiotic treatments and if you want to feel a lot better about your quality of life, or if you are a thrill seeker in the mood for some nightmares then a quick Google images search of “Guinea worm infestation” maybe just what you need…

The whole plant is considered an excellent fodder, and the waste material left over from leaf harvest is chopped finely and mixed with peat moss and fertilizers as a growth medium for seedlings and cuttings.

Know commonly by the following names Ambadi, ambadi, ambari, ambari, ambika, apocino, bastard jute, bhindi ambodi, bimli, bimlipatum, brown indian hemp, brown indianhemp, chanvre de bombay, chanvre de guinee, chanvre de guinee, cânhamo brasileiro, decan hemp, deccan hemp, deccan hemp, dekkanhanf, gambonhanf, gonkura,guinea hemp, gujarati, hab-el zalim, hemp-leaf hibiscus, hibiskus, indian-hemp, java-jute, jawa-jute, jawa jute, jute, kanaf, kannada, kanuriya, kenaf, kenaf, kenaf hibiscus, ketmia konopiowata, machika, maryurika, mesta, nacacha, nalita, nhacandora, oriya, palungu, patsan, patsan, pimdikura, pitwa, pulimanji, rostmalyva, sahasravatamulika, san, sosoori, sosoori, sougri, sougri, wilde stokroos, wild stockrose or sometimes the synonyms Hibiscus henriquesii, Abelmoschus congener, Abelmoschus verrucosus, Furcaria cannabina, Furcaria cavanillesii, Hibiscus congener, Hibiscus malangensis, Hibiscus obtusatus, Hibiscus vanderystii, Hibiscus vitifolius, Hibiscus wightianu.
No doubt there are hundreds more I missed.

Most literature I have seen says it is probably native to Africa, East Indies, Asia, or Australia, where as the Queensland government says it is a recent introduction and there have even been a few large scale crop trials over the years here.
Apparently sowing rates of 15 kg/ha has given reasonable stands with a population of between 380,000 and 450,000 plants/ha (germination is between 85 and 90%).

Anyway, its a great plant as an ornamental, just as good as a vegetable, it has potential as an oil crop, something I plan on testing myself soon.
It is nutritious, has many medicinal properties, makes awesome trellises, and can easily be stripped for cordage.

Two quick points before I go.
1. Be careful buying this species from other sources as when I just had a quick look around it seems 80% of folks show pictures of completely different species, and the other 20% are using pictures that were open sourced or stolen from other folks. I didn’t see any picture of plants they are actually growing.
It doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t have it and are gonna send you some other much easier to source crap instead, but it does make you wonder…

2. I say again just for clarity.
No, I can’t get you a bag of weed or source marijuana seeds, even just for use as a medicine!
No, you should not ask me just in case.
I only grow and sell legal species and I am way too busy for nonsense.

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties no problems!!!

Hibiscus Acetosella Cranberry Hibiscus Maroon Seeds

Hibiscus Acetosella Cranberry Hibiscus Maroon Seeds

Packet of 50+ organically grown seeds!

Another beautiful and tasty hibiscus species, this time with purple leaves and maroon flowers.

Very high in protein and vitamins, especially C, B3, B2, and A.
It also contains huge amounts of antioxidants and anthocyanins which are a special group of chemicals that change colour dependant on pH.

Both of these groups of naturally occurring chemicals are said to be “anti-cancer”, or “cancer prevention agents” by some folks, just “hippy woo”, and “unverified, unscientific nonsense” by others.
Me personally, I really like pretty colours and reckon variety of diet has got to be a good thing, if not for health just for quality of life.
It’s reckon it’s fun trying new things!

Grown all over the world as a leafy green vegetable(well in this case a leafy red/rose/maroon/purple) much the same as with Kenaf, except said to be tastier and valued higher in some markets.
It is less mucilaginous and slimy that many other more common Hibiscus Species, and it hold its colour when cooked.

As so many places grow it as a major staple, it has a heap of different common names.

African red mallow, African rose-mallow, African rose mallow, African rosemallow, akese, azedas, bronze hibiscus, cranberry hibiscus, false roselle, fausse oseille de guinee, fausse oseille de guinée, fausse roselle, Florida cranberry, gamet, kangao, kololwe, limanda, lumaka, lumanda, malvarosa africana, maroon mallow, musaayi, red-leafed hibiscus, red-leaf hibiscus, red-leaf hibiscus, red-leaved hibiscus, red leaved hibiscus, red shield, red shield hibiscus, sougri angangba, thelele yeni-yeni, tongao, use-ua-ngojo, and sometimes even by the synoum Hibiscus eetveldianus.

Originally from Africa, it is thought that it was a natural hybrid Hibiscus surattensis and Hibiscus asper, which was then domesticated in the Angola, Congo, Zambia region where it is still cultivated as a major food crop today.

It is valued in traditional medicine for the treatment and prevention of abscess, anemia, conjunctivitis, diabetes, dysentery, fever, fungal infection, headache, heart conditions, hemorrhoids, infection, inflammation, menstrual disorders, nervous conditions, rheumatism, ringworm, scurvy, sores, tumors and it is also considered to be a diuretic, sedative, intestinal antiseptic, lactation stimulating herb.

Lots of folks just grow it as an ornamental for that it’s great too!

NOT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA or TASMANIA due to added expense and drama involved.

If you decide to try and buy anyway, this item will not be sent. 🙂

 

Musk Okra Native Hibiscus Abelmoschus Moschatus Seeds

Musk Okra Native Hibiscus Abelmoschus Moschatus Seeds

Packet of 15+ seeds from this awesome little native plant!

Perfect as a ground cover, it stays sprawling at ankle high in hard conditions and dry, poor soils.
Gets up to about knee high in rick moist loamy soils.
Famed in India as a medicinal and used as a food plant by the Australian Aborigines, this fella really should be better known.

Why have roses or some introduced European stuff when you could have this fella instead?
Leaves are like mallow or okra, and although they look hairy it’s more like a fine velvet.
Flowers look amazing in a salad and look pretty cool and the small thumb sized tubers are ok roasted up too.
That small edible tuber is sitting underground and when conditions get really harsh, or drought sets in it will often die completely back waiting for better times.
Give it a decent water, or wait for the seasonal rains and up it pops again.

The seeds were once commonly used as a substitute in perfumes for animal musk, and the added to coffee they are said to give a rich musky flavour.
Never tried it myself.

Apparently the root mucilage is used on a large scale for paper production and tobacco is sometimes flavoured with the flowers.
It is a pretty major crop is a lot of places and for that reason the list of names is massive.

Called by many different things all around the world, particularly in Asia and the Pacific Islands including, but not limited to, Abelmoschus sagittifolius, Abelmoschus tuberosus, Hibiscus abelmoschus, Hibiscus sagittifolius, Abelmoschus moschatus tuberosus, abelmosk, ambrette seeds, annual hibiscus, bamia moschata, galu gasturi, muskdana, musk mallow, fautia, caamung, kamang, huang kui, karereon, karereon nikapwerik nik, kareron, likonokon, niikapweriik, niikownown, nikapwerik, nikokon, setmwechin, sotumo, annual hibiscus, aukiki, o e e, okeoke, vakeke, wakeke, wakewake, wakiwaki, ambrette, gombo musque, graine de musc, ketmie des marais, ketmie musquee, ryukyu tororo aoi, pukawa, aute, tauriau, vavai tara, vavai tara, vavai tara, vavai tara, fou hele, fou ingo, gongul, kaanth, matai, metei, metey, methey, tehmetei, aute toga, ‘aute toga, fau mageso, fau samasama, fau Tagaloa, fau tagaloa, fau Tagaloa, vavae samoa, te vasivasiakarai, dalupang, kastiokastiokan, kastuli, fautia, foutheea, pukawa, fauingo, loa, hathongethong, fau ingo, kamwayang, musk okra, musk seeds, ornamental okra, rose mallow seeds, tropical jewel hibiscus, Yorka okra, musk okra, muskmallow, musky seeded hibiscus, native rosella, ornamental okra, tropical jewel hibiscus and last but not least, native rosella.

Phew, quite a list hey, yet you hardly ever even see it over here?
Well, now you know where to get some hey!

Grown here organically by me and the Mrs, no chems, no nasties, no dramas!!!

 

Rosella Queensland Jam Plant Hibiscus Sabdariffa Seeds

Rosella Queensland Jam Plant Hibiscus Sabdariffa Seeds

Rosella Queensland Jam Plant Hibiscus Sabdariffa Seeds

Packet of 20+ home grown seeds!

Everyone in Australia must know this fella, most of the world for that matter!

Very versatile and high yielding member of the Hibiscus Family and known by about a hundred different names.

Here is a heap, but I am sure there are a lot more out there. Galda, Guragod, Labug, Labog, Chin-pow, Belchanda, Tengamora, mwitha, mesta tenga, hanserong, Chukor, Sougri, Gongura, Andhra Matha, Andhra Sakhambari Varapradasadam, Ambadi, LalChatni, Kutrum, chin baung, krajiab, krajiab daeng, krajiab priaw, dah, dah, sobolo, som phor dee, slek cu, sɑndan, bissap, bleni, wonjo, zobo, Isapa, jamaica, karkady, bissap, red sorrel, Ishapa, Zoborodo, karkanji, folere, Chaye-Torosh, karkade, omutete, Saril, caruru-azedo, quiabo-roxo, asam belanda, mei gui qie lumanda, katolo, wusi, native hibiscus, grosella or Rosella, the name most Aussies know it by.

Every part of the plant is used in pretty much every part of the world.

The leaves are used as a leaf vegetable, just like spinach or plantain, fried up, boiled in a soup or just as is in salads. Often called Red sorrel when eaten this way, it really is tasty. The central fiber of the stem is used for cordage and most importantly the large red flower calyx is used for making jam or dried as a vitamin rich and delicious tea.

We drink it all the time, even buying it in dried when we run out every now and then.

It is considered medicinal as it contains huge amounts of organic acids like citric acid, maleic acid, and tartaric acid. It also contains acidic polysaccharides, deep red flavonoid glycosides, like cyanidin and delphinidin, and a whole host of antioxidants, one of the highest amounts for a commonly available plant.

Prized as a hangover cure in many parts of the world, it is also regarded diuretic, cholerectic, febrifugal, hypotensive, thinning blood and lowering blood pressure. Not only hypotensive, it is considered antispasmodic, anthelmintic and antibacterial as well.

Though many folks say it is native to Australia, even called “native hibiscus” by a lot of folks, that isn’t quite true (some councils in northern Australia even consider it a weed!)..

Originally from Africa, it is thought to have spread throughout Asia and down into the Kimberleys in Western Australia, the Northern Territory eventually into Northern Queensland, possibly arriving with Indonesian fishing boats thousands of years ago, like before European settlement.

A lot of our plants came here that way I’m told.

There you have it, another beauty. Great for salads, jam, tea or even rope!

Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!

Hibiscus Mutabilis Rose of Sharon Confederate Rose Seeds

Hibiscus Mutabilis Rose of Sharon Confederate Rose Seeds

Hibiscus Mutabilis Rose of Sharon Confederate Rose Seeds

Packet of 150+ Seeds!

Large shrub or tree with massive amounts of huge blooms.

As the name “mutabilis” suggests, these fellas change color throughout the day.

The flowers are a crisp pristine white in the morning, but throughout the day the flower brightens up and changes to all the shades of pink then it deepens and darkens before closing in the afternoon.

Big smooth maple shaped leaves, about as big as a dinner plate, flowers are saucer sized, or even a little bigger at times. It handles frost ok, dropping it’s leaves and going dormant, but in warmer climates like mine it pumps all year round. The leaves and roots are said to be edible, never tried it myself, and like most Hibiscus Species the bark makes a great rope or tie for other plants and vines.

Sometimes known as the Rosemallow, Cotton wood, Dixie rose, Dixie rosemallow or the Cotton rosemallow, this fella is really quite common, often a feature plant in parks and gardens from the middle of NSW and right up the coast.

Originally from China and considered a medicinal species in its native homeland, but now it is highly valued as an ornamental all over the world.

Hardy, frost, drought, flood tolerant, beautiful, easy to grow, and if you feel the need you can even make a bit of rope out of it.

Wildharvested locally, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!