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Herb to Know: Heart-Healthy Hibiscus Sabdariffa

Known for its crimson beauty, this tropical native is gaining recognition as a go-to herb for heart health.

Hibiscus sabdariffa is also known as roselle, red sorrel, Jamaican sorrel, sour-sour and Florida cranberry.
Photo by Swapan
Harvest hibiscus calyxes for heart-healthy tea.
Photo by Lilyana Vynogradova
With about 200 species and more than 5,000 hybrids associated with the genus, hibiscus can be had in a rainbow of colors. One common hibiscus, Hibiscus sabdariffa, is most often grown in warm temperate regions for its vibrant bell-shaped flowers.
Photo by Steven Foster
Hibiscus flowers don't immediately wilt after being harvested. This is why you can find hibiscus flowers decorating the hair as a part of classic island style.
Photo by Juraj

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