Kenaf - Hibiscus cannabinus (Maroon flower)
Kenaf is a 4000 year old crop, originating from Central Africa, it is a member of the hibiscus family and is closely related to okra and cotton.
Fast growing with amazing blooms, this plant is cultivated for its fibre. Recently it has been discovered that the seeds have oils that are beneficial to health.
Flower colour depends on the plant genetics and ranges from light cream with a purple centre to deep maroon flowers.
Why grow Kenaf? Well it is useful to quickly fill a space with interesting foliage and it provides fibre to make your own paper!
Yes, Kenaf is being "rediscovered" and commerically cultivated for paper making as an alternative to cutting down trees. YAY! :) Here's a link if you want to try some paper making:
The leaves are a bit "unusual" looking once mature and sometimes mistaken as marijuana due to the shape, so be careful not to alarm the neighbours with your new plant!
Here is an interesting resource to learn more about this interesting plant. Sounds like a good plant for the permaculture block.
Kenaf Plants available: Young plants grown from cuttings ( maroon flower). approx 25cm tall.