Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Malvaviscus arboreus (Sleeping Hibiscus)
There is a nectary at the base of the flower and you can taste the sweetness by plucking off the bloom and sucking on the end of it. The petals themselves are also edible, but lacking in flavor.
It's strange that these two plants are classified as varieties and not separate species, given their completely different habitats and form. If you're shopping for this plant, make sure you know which one you're getting!