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PlantFiles: Okra
Abelmoschus esculentus 'Cowhorn 22'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Abelmoschus (a-bel-MOS-kus) (Info)
Species: esculentus (es-kew-LEN-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Cowhorn 22

Synonym:Hibiscus esculentus

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive berrygirl On Jul 2, 2006, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is my first year growing this okra. My plants are just beginning to make pods but due to the drought are only about 2 ft tall. Will report back on the taste and take pics of the pods and blooms.

Edited to add: it may be b/c of the drought, but I am getting no okra from these plants. In fact blooms are almost non-existent. The plants look really good though. What a shame!

Another edit: sorry I took so long to do this: I finally had a crop! In fact once it started producing I had okra 'til frost.
This okra was very good tasting and the pods remained tender at a stage (4+ inches) when other okra would be too hard. I have more seed and will be growing this one again!


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

Braselton, Georgia
Independence, Louisiana

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