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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Flowering Okra

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Longview, TX

September 29, 2001
10:21 PM

Post #14679

I bought a Flowering Okra today. The color is similiar to a Tx Star hibiscus. The leaves are different though. The leaves are more rounded...and have 3 rounded points instead of the thinner Tx Star leaves.
The flower is single...very pretty. I would like to find this plant, its latin name, and more about it. The guys at the nursery I bought it from didnt know...ha.

September 29, 2001
10:36 PM

Post #136627

Hibiscus esculentus
Longview, TX

September 29, 2001
11:15 PM

Post #136642

thanks Baa...but that isnt it...the flower is single...but not filled in like the variety you is single...but almost like a tx star hibiscus...the color is a pinkish, almost a coral mix in it..a tad orange...strange colored like tx star...very pretty...Im wondering if it is annual, or perrenial, and where to put it. I have heard of it spoken in I cant find anything on it...oh boy...which I had a digital camera!!!

September 30, 2001
12:00 AM

Post #136657


I haven't a clue what a Tx star hibiscus looks like other than typically hibiscus like, its not a widely grown plant in Britain.

Is your okra an edible one? Any more details?

This message was edited Saturday, Sep 29th 8:07 PM
Longview, TX

September 30, 2001
1:10 AM

Post #136678

If it has edible pods I havent seen them. I believe Okra is kin to Mallows/Hibiscus,,,in that family so to speak. The pods I saw were dried, and had seeds in them just like hibiscus. They were dark brown, and well dried. I never saw them green. Sorry I cant give more info right now.

September 30, 2001
1:25 AM

Post #136687

Yes they are in the Malvaceae family under Hibiscus, I'm just sorry I can't give you more info.
Spicewood, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 30, 2001
1:37 AM

Post #136692

Edible okra is Abelmoschus esculentus (sp?) and also some call it Hibiscus esculentus. There is an ornamental kind called Abelmoschus manihot but since I've never grown it I don't know if it matches your description. Let me know if it does.
Longview, TX

September 30, 2001
2:46 AM

Post #136703

This pic is very close go the flower.
Longview, TX

September 30, 2001
2:47 AM

Post #136704

The main diff is there is no white in the middle...otherwise it is very close...

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