A flowering plant in the mallow family, Malvaceae with a recognisable blousy flower. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world.
It has a fruity, sweet, sour, and astringent taste. As a tea, it is often compared to cranberries due to its tart but sweet flavour.
Side effects of hibiscus are uncommon but might include temporary stomach upset or pain, gas, constipation, nausea, painful urination, headache, ringing in the ears, or shakiness.
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