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Abelmoschus esculentus is often confused with:
Abelmoschus manihot Flower
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Solanum lycopersicum Solanum lycopersicum
Eruca vesicaria Eruca vesicaria
Tilia americana Tilia americana
Abelmoschus esculentus has some common insect problems:
Aphids Found on Flowers and Foliage
Abelmoschus esculentus has some other problems:
Nematodes in Turf

Okra Abelmoschus esculentus

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
a-bel-MOS-kus es-kew-LEN-tus
Description

Okra is a warm-season vegetable in the mallow family.  Sow seed or transplant in the garden that gets full sun and has moist, well-drained high organic matter soil.  It has showy yellow flowers with purple centers followed by edible pods.  

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#edible flowers#vegetable garden#hairy leaves#vegetable#warm season vegetable
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#drought tolerant#edible flowers#vegetable garden#hairy leaves#vegetable#warm season vegetable
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Abelmoschus
    Species:
    esculentus
    Family:
    Malvaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Tropical Africa and Asia
    Play Value:
    Edible fruit
    Edibility:
    Pods may be cooked, pickled or eaten raw. Leaves may be cooked or eaten raw. Flowers are edible with a mild and slightly sweet flavor, but add more color than flavor.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 7 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Green
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    > 3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    When cut in half fruit is five part and contains many seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Yellow with purple center
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Prickly
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Palmatifid
    Leaf Margin:
    Lobed
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are dark green and hairy with five to seven lobes.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Rock Garden
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought