Sour Edible Green, Purple Stem, River Bottom?

Violet_Z6(6a)April 26, 2014

Any ideas? Botanical Name? Common Name? How to eat? It's sour...

Any help for any insight would be appreciated.

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esh_ga

Where is this located?

    Bookmark   April 27, 2014 at 8:17PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX(8b)

Curious how you know it's edible with out knowing what it is.
Tasting plants can be dangerous.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 2:59AM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

Location: Missouri.

I know it's edible because this is a vegetable in other countries. I just don't know what it is...

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 9:42PM
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alisonoz_gw

Well I'd ALSO urge against chomping on anything before you have a 100% ID - and some asian plants can be OK cooked but not so without careful prep.
Anyway after stopping my fingershaking, I'd suggest it looks like some sort of hibiscus and maybe hibiscus sabdariffa or "roselle" or whatever passes for it - and in that case I didn't know the leaves were edible (WE STILL DON'T KNOW THAT) but the flowers/fruits certainly could be.

Here is a link that might be useful: roselle- sour leaves

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 2:48AM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

Is this growing wild or in a garden?

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 1:32PM
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Violet_Z6(6a)

Wild, river bottom, mostly shade.

The question is not one of edibility. Just looking for the name. Could have posted photos without mention of it being edible. Edibility is insight.

Appreciate guesses...

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 5:29PM
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floral_uk z.8/9 SW UK

I'm not sure why an Asian edible would be growing wild in Missouri. Roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) comes from West Africa. Has someone told you it is the same vegetable they use elsewhere?

Can you post any more pictures? Maybe a view of the whole plant? Or any flower buds which are coming? My best guess at the moment is a Rudbeckia.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 3:04AM
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