Okra is a tall plant with cheerful yellow flowers that are reminiscent of hibiscus blossoms. They produce green seedpods that are best harvested when they are 2 to 3 inches long.

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Latin Name

Abelmoschus esculentus


Family

Malvaceae


Also Known As

Ladies' Fingers Ochro


Type of Plant

Annual
Vegetable

Seasons

Summer

Specifications

Max Height: 6'
Max Spread: 5'

Uses

  • Annual
  • Edible
  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Colors


    Native Range

    Old World Tropics


    History

    Lady Jean Skipwith of Prestwould was growing okra in her garden in 1793.


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