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Marsh Hibiscus
Malvaceae
Hibiscus moscheutos


Thunder
Thunder
Flower Petal # 5
Main Color    
Color 2    
Type Categories Useful Parts

Shrub



Malvaceae Family

Hibiscus Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Rose Mallow, Eastern Rosemallow, Crimsoneyed Rosemallow, Swamp Rose Mallow, Marsh Mallow


Location

Native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Found in wetlands and along the riverine systems of the southeastern United States from Texas to the Atlantic states, its territory extending northward to southern Ontario.

Physical Description
The leaves are alternate, simple, ovate to lanceolate, often with a toothed or lobed margin. The flowers large, conspicuous, trumpet-shaped, with five or more petals, ranging from white to pink, red, purple or yellow, and from 4-15 cm broad. The fruit is a dry five-lobed capsule, containing several seeds in each lobe, which are released when the capsule splits open at maturity.


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Malvaceae
Malvales
Malvales
Order of Mallows
Eumalvids
Real Mallows
Malvidae
Mallow Class
Eurosids
Real Rose Class
Rosids
Rosids
Rose-Like Class
Core Eudicots
Core Eudicots
Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
Eudicots
Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Mesangiospermae
Mesangiospermae
Half Capsule Seed Division
Magnoliophyta
Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
Spermatophytes
Spermatophytes
Seed Plants
Euphyllophytina
Real Land Plants
Polysporangiates
Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
Stomatophytes
Stomatophytes
Air Pores Sub-Kingdom
Embryophytes
Embryophytes
Multicellular Land Plants
Streptobionta
Streptobionta
Multicellular Plants
Plantae
Plantae
Plants
Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Medicinal Uses: Demulcent, Emollient, Nervine, and Stomachic. The leaves and roots abound in mucilage. Like many other plants in this family, they are demulcent and emollient and are used in the treatment of dysentery, lung ailments, and urinary ailments. an infusion of the dried stalks has been used in the treatment of inflammation of the bladder.

The natural safer alternatives for weight-loss include such things as digestive enzyme inhibitors (e.g. L-arabinose, hibiscus tea, marine algae, Nomame Herba,etc), anorexics, glucose-uptake inhibitors, and probiotics as adjuvants which may be alternatives to those that could be potentially lethal.

Extracts of hibiscus flower are used to prepare medicines for curing bladder infection and nausea.
Food Uses: Although there are no reports of edibility for this species, most of the plants in this family have edible leaves and flowers. . Hibiscus is also a primary ingredient in many herbal teas.
The flowers are about 15cm in diameter, though in some cultivars they are up to 25cm in diameter. They have a mild flavor and somewhat mucilaginous texture with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

The leaves are rather bland and are also mucilaginous, but have a slight hairiness to them which detracts a little from the pleasure of eating them
Other Notes: The Hibiscus is used as an offering to Goddess Kali and Lord Ganesha in Hindu worship
How to make Hibiscus tea:

1 tablespoon of dried hibiscus flower
1 quart of water

Boil the dried flowers in water for 1 minute, once it is boiled, allowed it to cool and its ready to drink, You may add honey, ice and other fruit juice to enhance its flavor . If you want a stronger taste you may add more hibiscus to a quart of water. This quantity is enough to lower blood pressure.

How to make Hibiscus hair treatment:

Soak the leaves and flowers in water for 5 minutes. Make a thick paste using an electric blender. You may use the paste as a natural shampoo or you may add the paste to your favorite shampoo. Massage it to your scalp for 5 minutes then rinse thoroughly




Marsh Hibiscus




Marsh Hibiscus




Marsh Hibiscus


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