Abelmoschus moschatus (Musk mallow). This aromatic and medicinal species is a bushy perennial which can be grown as an annual. Leaves are broadly ovate and about 3-7 lobed with coarse hairs. The orange-red flowers resemble the hibiscus and can grow to about 10cm across. They bloom singly or in terminal racemes from mid-summer to autumn.
Annual or Perennial, Shrub
Interest and use
Culinary use for seed pods which can be cooked like okra. Seeds can be toasted to flavour sweet foods and an essential oil can be made which is used to flavour sweet foods such as cakes and ice-cream. Also grown for its attractive flowers.