Gongurra? Gongura? What to do with it?

sherryo Posts: 58
edited August 2018 in Our Garden: Growing Food
I photo would be helpful however I have been growing cannabis for decades and never heard of hibiscus cannabis..this plant does have many names depending on where in the world you are..sorrel and Hibiscus Sabdariffa

in either case I have found some great info for you

health uses and nutrition info https://www.vahrehvah.com/indianfood/gongura-leaves

different ways it can be prepared https://www.epainassist.com/diet-and-nutrition/benefits-of-ambada-or-sorrel
as for how to grow it and take care of it ..look how to grow sorrel may produce a better result. https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-grow-sorrel-4121351

hope the info helps


  • Cherlynn
    Cherlynn Posts: 169 ✭✭✭
    edited August 2018
    Ok, I've never heard of this one, so thank you Sherryo for posting about your new plant and thank you Heather for the info you posted!  I must confess I want to grow one of my own now!

  • sherryo
    sherryo Posts: 58
    edited August 2018
    Thank you so much Heather

    These links are very helpful. Especially that one shouldn't overconsume the plant.
  • sherryo
    sherryo Posts: 58
    edited August 2018

    It appears that the plant can be propagated by seeds.  So, assuming I can keep it going, and I get seeds, of course I will be happy to share.  That's a lot of assuming though :)
  • Marjory Wildcraft
    Marjory Wildcraft Posts: 1,585 admin
    edited August 2018
    Sherryo, I would love to see a photo of your plant too.

    WHat region do you live in?  Like will this thing freeze, or will you keep it safe indoors if you are in a cold climate?

    Other than seeds... cuttings?

  • sherryo
    sherryo Posts: 58
    edited August 2018
    I am having trouble posting my own photo of the plant.  I believe this to be "hibiscus cannanabis" but can't rule out "hibiscus sabdariffa" unless it flowers.  It is currently 3 feet tall, with little branching, and it is growing fast.  The stems show a red coloring.

    here is a link to the closest internet photo I found:


    I am in zone 8 (but push z9 plants often!)

    I have a greenhouse  so I might be able to overwinter.

    Cuttings are a great idea - although I am hoping it will bloom and set seed.  Seeds are easier to share.
  • peppypoblano
    peppypoblano Posts: 92
    edited August 2018
    This is the first I've heard of gongura.   It seems to be quite healthy and tasty.  Good luck with it.