Abelmoschus esculentus

Okra, Gumbo, Lady's Fingers

Southerners savor this heat-loving vegetable as a main dish and in gumbos. They are excellent boiled, steamed, pickled and deep fried in soups, stews and sauces. Harvest the tender, finger-like seed pods every few days for highest nutritional value, to increase production and keep them from getting tough. The plants have tropical-looking leaves and yellow hibiscus-like flowers. Best grown where summers are long. In colder climates, plants yield fewer pods.
Abelmoschus esculentus, Okra, Gumbo, Lady's Fingers
Use varieties such as 'Park's Candelabra Branching' and 'Lee' in small gardens. An All-America Selections, 'Burgundy', has red pods which turn green when cooked.

Attributes - Abelmoschus esculentus

Plant Type: Vegetable

Height: 3 ft. to 6 ft.

Width: 3 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Container Plants, Edible. Susceptible to Aphids, Caterpillars, Spider Mites.

 
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