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PlantFiles: Okra
Abelmoschus esculentus 'Red Okra'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abelmoschus (a-bel-MOS-kus) (Info)
Species: esculentus (es-kew-LEN-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Okra

Synonym:Hibiscus esculentus

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Robubba On Dec 30, 2008, Robubba from Moulton, IA wrote:

Pepper really like being around okra. Okra would probably be protected a lot by peppers, and also (possibly) protect it from bugs.

Positive hallmorin On Oct 18, 2005, hallmorin from Hilo, HI wrote:

This is a beautiful okra. My only problem was the bugs loved it as much as we did.

Neutral Farmerdill On May 5, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Available from AgroHaitai, which offers this description; " 60-70 days after sowing. Vigorous growing and productive. Pods are pentagonal, red, spineless."


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hilo, Hawaii

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