It is an annual plant, native to tropical Africa, which can reach 3 m. in height. Its leaves are dark green, pentalobed, alternate, and measure up to 15 cm. in length. The flowers are red at the base, and pale at the edges, 8 to 10 cm. in diameter and have a fleshy appearance. Propagation occurs by seeds. Direct sunlight is preferred, although it can grow in semi-shade. It requires fertile soils, good drainage and moderate irrigation.
It is an ornamental plant. commonly used in outdoor gardens. It also has a culinary application. The leaves are consumed as vegetables, or in ice cream, jams and beverages. It is also medicinal, with antiparasitic, diuretic, antihypertensive and laxative properties.