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PlantFiles: Okra
Abelmoschus esculentus 'Clemson Spineless'

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

Synonym:Hibiscus esculentus

9 vendors have this plant for sale.

23 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

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


Other details:
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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7 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative lssfishhunter On Feb 10, 2013, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I give it a 'negative' because there are so many more varieties out there that are a lot better. This variety puts on okra but the pods tend to get very tough even at an early stage. I have picked Clemson Spineless pods at two inches and they still were tough. It is hit and miss with this variety. I recommend choosing a variety that will allow the pods to get larger before getting tough. Clemson Spineless is very popular in this area but folks are stuck in their ways and refuse to plant anything different. There are better varieties out there! Research them and give them a try. You will be happier in the long run.

Positive MomKat On May 13, 2012, MomKat from Mobile, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant will become bushy if broken off. I discovered this quite by accident when our very large dog got into the vegetable garden last year and broke several plants. I thought they were goners, but left them. I was surprised to find a week later that new shoots were coming out on the broken off plants. Each of those shoots branched, bloomed, and produced more okra! I love this plant!

Positive Aust1227 On Oct 5, 2007, Aust1227 from Sorrento, FL wrote:

This was my first time with okra. We planted 8' of it. From that we canned 20 pints of pickled Okra, and ate at least 15 (two person) servings.

Eventually had to cut it down when it was over 9' tall.

Can't wait till next years crop!!

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 1, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This variety is readily available in 'big-box' stores and feed/ farm suppliers.

Positive Jonin_Wasabi On May 28, 2006, Jonin_Wasabi from Mesquite, TX wrote:

This variety of okra was probably the most productive of all the plants in my garden last year. Just three plants produced enough okra to fry up a batch for the family at least once a week, and they continued to produce until around mid-November when the first frosts nuked them. Plants grew to a height of about two meters...this plant also does well in a variety of soils.

This year I've already had to replant a few times due to wind/pet damage, but the two plants that have been in the garden the longest are only about 6 weeks old and already producing their first pods. Pods should be harvested when about 10 cm (4 in or so) long as they quickly become fibrous and difficult to cut...even with a serrated knife.

Positive Breezymeadow On Aug 26, 2005, Breezymeadow from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is my first time growing this particular cultivar, in both the ground & in containers, & I am more than pleased with it.

I started the seeds indoors on 3/29 & had 100% germination by 4/1. Plants in the ground have reached around 5' tall; container plants around 4'. Both the leaves & hibiscus-like yellow flowers have an ornamental "tropical" appearance, & I will definitely be planting more of this in deck containers next year.

Unlike the other posters above, I have harvested pods as long as 6", & they've been as wonderfully tender & delicious as the smaller pods - something I wasn't able to claim when I grew the "Burgundy" cultivar in the past. Extremely prolific, as well as pest & disease-free, I've really been enjoying these sliced into Asian stirfries as well as Indian curries.

This will definitely be on my "must plant" list for 2006.

Positive jasonc On Apr 15, 2005, jasonc from Parrish, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Just found this the other day. It'll be my first time planting okra. I just got one little plant to see how it does.

Positive MotherNature4 On Apr 20, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I like to eat the small pods raw while picking a mess. Of course, I do not use pesticides.

Positive melody On Apr 19, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very productive and popular in the South. As the person stated in the post above, be sure to harvest small as they will get tough quickly.

Neutral Farmerdill On Oct 30, 2003, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Clemson Spineless is the most widely available okra in the southeast. It is not as tall as many of the southern varieties, but is a heavy producer of medium green ridged pods. In my opinion, it get tough, fibrous and seedy quicker than other varieties that I grow.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Waddell, Arizona
San Mateo, California
West Covina, California
Longmont, Colorado
Bartow, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Parrish, Florida
Sorrento, Florida
Williston, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Buford, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Pukalani, Hawaii
Madison, Illinois
Cicero, Indiana
Benton, Kentucky
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Saint Louis, Missouri
Bayville, New Jersey
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Indian Trail, North Carolina
Vinton, Ohio
Charleston, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Jonesville, South Carolina
Leesville, South Carolina
Nashville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
La Marque, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Mesquite, Texas
Kingshill, Virgin Islands
Richmond, Virginia
Troy, Virginia

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