Kenaf is grown in a large number of countries all around the globe for a wide variety of uses. It is grown for its fiber (used to make rope & cloth) & is also used to make manufactured wood products, insulation, paper, biofuel, edible food for humans, and for animal feed.
There’s nothing this plant can’t do! In addition to all this hard work, Kenaf is equally qualified to be a lovely ornamental! Its large showy Hibiscus blooms will attract bees, birds, & butterflies to your garden. The unique cannabis-shaped leaves on long, woody stems are also very ornamental.
These plants can tolerate a variety of soil conditions from sand to clay, and also tolerate heat and dryness very well. Hibiscus Kenaf does reseed and is deer resistant.
NAME: Hibiscus Kenaf OTHER COMMON NAMES: / Guinea / Deccan SCIENTIFIC NAME: Hibiscus Cannabinus COLOR: Purplish Red PLANT SEEDS: Outdoors after frost / Indoors weeks before last frost BLOOM TIME: Late Summer - Fall HARDINESS ZONE: 6 - 10 (& reseeds itself easily) PLANT HEIGHT: 72 - 96" PLANT SPACING: 32 - 42" LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun - Part Shade SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average - Dry