Aibika (Abelmoschus manihot)

Perennial
Hibiscus manihot.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Aibika
Abelmoschus manihot
Malvaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The bark is said to be emmenagogue[240]. A paste of the bark is used to treat wounds and cuts, with new paste being applied every 2 – 3 days for about 3 weeks[272].

    In Nepal the root juice is warmed and applied to sprains[272].

    The juice of the flowers is used to treat chronic bronchitis and toothache[272].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – raw or cooked[183, 200]. Sweet and mucilaginous[183].

    Flower buds – raw or cooked[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow March in a warm greenhouse. The seed should germinate with two weeks, when it is large enough to handle prick it out into individual pots and plant out after the last expected frosts. The seed can also be sown in situ in late April in areas with warm summers.
Easily grown in any well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Plants will tolerate occasional short-lived lows down to about -5¡c so long as they are in a very well-drained soil[260]. A perennial plant, it is generally tender in the temperate zone but can be grown outdoors as an annual, flowering well in its first year and setting seed[200, K]. Plants will occasionally overwinter in a cold greenhouse[K]. It grows well in an ornamental vegetable garden[200].
E. Asia – South-eastern Asia to Northern Australia.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.