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PlantFiles: Okra
Abelmoschus esculentus 'Little Lucy'

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

Synonym:Hibiscus esculentus

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
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
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Jennybelle On Jul 24, 2012, Jennybelle from Burnet, TX wrote:

I am absolutely sold on this little plant. After having down-sized several years ago and moving into a little duplex with no room for a vegetable garden, I really missed my fresh veggies, especially okra. I found Little Lucy after an internet search and planted it down a flower bed the length of my front walk. It not only is beautiful, but has so many more pluses to it: excellent taste, no "okra itch", small size makes it easy to pick, and it lacks the woodiness that many varieties get. I have even been able to create beautiful and delicious fresh okra salads with it. The only drawback that I see is that it is a hybrid, meaning one must buy new seeds each year, and they are hard to find.

Neutral riceke On Dec 10, 2008, riceke from Snellville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Ornamental, burgundy stems and fruit, yellow flowers...yes, but I found the fruit to be tough if left on the plant too long. Especially after about 3". The fruit will grow overnight to 10" it...seems. I really didn't care for the fruit although the plant is beautiful and when grown in pots about 24-30." I never tried it in ground.

Neutral NatureWalker On Apr 1, 2006, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

A Hybrid, Dwarf Red Okra. 55 days from direct-sowing.

Park's Seed Co. states that Little Lucy Hybrid begins its display with 3-inch blooms of yellow and purple, arising very abundantly all over compact plants just 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. The fruit follows the blooms -- large, attractive 4- to 4 1/2-inch pods of rich burgundy, which really stand out from the maroon-veined green foliage. Ideal for containers of all types, as well as the front of the veggie garden or mixed border, this plant is a true edible ornamental! Extensively trialed almost everywhere in the U.S.


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

Queen Creek, Arizona
Harrison, Arkansas
Bonaire, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Snellville, Georgia
Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
Austin, Texas
Burnet, Texas

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