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PlantFiles: Musk Mallow, Musk Okra, Ornamental Okra, Ambrette, Annual Hibiscus
Abelmoschus moschatus 'Mischief'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abelmoschus (a-bel-MOS-kus) (Info)
Species: moschatus (MOSS-kuh-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Mischief

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly

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Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ApopkaJohn On May 30, 2011, ApopkaJohn from Apopka, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Annual hibiscus similar to Okra but shorter and compact. Allow seed pods to dry and harvest seeds. Small plants transplant easily. Can be grown in 2 gallon pots. Needs minimal fertilizer. Likes full sun. Tolerates heat and drought. Ours are bright carmine red with dark green fuzzy leaves, and bloom all summer. Light Frost will kill to ground level, but the thick root will resprout.


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

Wilmington, Delaware
Barbourville, Kentucky
North Augusta, South Carolina

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