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PlantFiles: Okra
Abelmoschus esculentus 'Cowhorn'

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

Synonym:Hibiscus esculentus

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tomatolarry On Sep 1, 2012, tomatolarry from Dalton, GA wrote:

I tried this for the first time in 2012 and I was very happy with it. The production far exceeded the Clemson spineless I normally grow. The pods are large, tender and taste great. This is by far the best okra I've ever tried.

Positive cajunboy On Jul 30, 2006, cajunboy from Baker, LA wrote:

i grow cowhorn okra & love them . they are so prolific , you almost have to stay in the garden & keep cutting or they get too big i like them about 3 " tall , soyou can almost pick in the morning & evening.. gabe, baton rouge,la.

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

Cowhorn is a big okra, Large plant with extra large medium green ribbed pods. Good production and excellent quality. In good soil and a long growing season, the plant needs to be topped when it reaches 4 ft, otherwise by late August -September you will need a stepladder to pick it.


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

Birmingham, Alabama
Zephyrhills, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Dalton, Georgia
Brodhead, Kentucky
Baker, Louisiana
Independence, Louisiana
Laurel, Mississippi
Saint Louis, Missouri
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Spruce Creek, Pennsylvania
Ranger, Texas

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