The Monarch Rose Mallow or Ruby Hibiscus is a 10' shrub that is a perennial in zones 10-11 but an annual in other zones as it grows from seed to a large bush and blossoms in one season. These rich dark burgundy cup shaped flowers cover the stems in October when most other hibiscus plants are done for the season. Prefers full sun but will blossom in part shade and is quite drought tolerant once established. It has 15 cm mauve flowers that have a purple center and yellow anthers. Leaves are toothed, with upper leaves lobed into 3-7 parts. It is frequently grown as a vegetable or medicinal herb. Grown as ornamental. Native of Eastern India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. The plant is believed to be a cure for fever and is considered a blood purifier. All plants parts are cut and boiled, and the liquid used.
1. Soak the seeds in water for several hours.
2. Put a mixture of potting soil and sand or perlite into a pot with drainage holes in the base. The soil should be moist and well-drained.
3. Sow the seeds on the soil.
4. Water the seeds. Keep the soil moist but not wet.
5. When the plants are a few inches tall, they can be transplanted.