Romance with Maple Leaves – Hibiscus Acetosella (Red Shield)

Maroon maple-shaped leaves

 

What a beautiful find at the recent Hort Park Gardener’s Day.  Hibiscus Acetosella, commonly known as Red Shield.  Its fruits remind me of the Roselle, and not surprisingly since they’re of the same genus and Hibiscus family.

As a shrub, the acetosella is perfect for balcony gardening.

The maroon leaves spell the romance of a Japanese Maple autumn, in Singapore heat.

According to Wikipedia, the leaves and flower petals are used for salads, and have a bitter sweet taste.   I can’t bear to eat it.  Will propagate some when I’ve more time.

 

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