The lovely hibiscus continues to be the darling of my gardens! Although the intoxicating aroma of the dramatic white ginger lily (Hedychium coronarium) steals my heart each rainy season, and the aroma of the ylang ylang stops me in my tracks, the hibiscus holds my admiration and respect. Thriving in hot climates, a mature plant adorns the landscape with a daily offering of flowers. Ranging from the classic five-petaled red flower to soothing peach-colored ones to frilly doubles, they adorn gardens and mark property lines throughout Latin America.
Many people are surprised that the hibiscus flowers and leaves are edible. Added to salads, their delicate texture and colorful petals enhance the culinary experience. Not only beautiful, they are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. A double handful of fresh red blossoms added to a pot of steaming water Continue reading