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    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

    Annuals Annuals
    Vegetables Vegetables

    Seasons

    Summer Summer

    Specifications

    Max height Max Height: 6'
    Max spread Max Spread: 5'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Edible
  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun 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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