In bloom, these Asian natives are reminiscent of tropical hibiscus and okra, to which they are related. (In fact, okraA. esculentusbelongs to the same genus; for information, see Okra.) Deeply cut leaves and large, showy flowers are their hallmarks. Commonly grown as annuals, they thrive in high heat, humidity, and good, fertile soil.
- To 6 feet or taller, 23 feet wide.
- Large, coarse leaves and 3- to 5 inches., cream to deep yellow flowers with maroon central blotch.
- Cooked leaves are edible and high in Vitamins A and C and iron.
- Bushy plant about 112 feet high and wide, with deep green leaves.
- Five-petaled, 3- to 4 inches., cherry-red or deep pink blooms.
- Can be grown as a houseplant in 6 inches pot; set on a windowsill in bright light.