Okra 'Clemson Spineless'

Abelmoschus esculentus

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



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

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Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors 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

Wimauma, Florida

Augusta, Georgia

Buford, Georgia

Cumming, 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

Hillsborough, North Carolina

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 16, 2018, SummerStorm93 from Hillsborough, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

The 4'-6' height range on this entry is misleading. My first year growing it (2010) I was using an 8' ladder to harvest daily by the end of the season. It was at least 10' tall. To control that issue, you can cut the growing tip off when it's about two thirds of the height you want it to end up, and it will branch from there instead of getting endlessly taller. We cut the old, woody stalks down with a hack saw in the fall.

As a major upside in my garden, I've *never* had okra come up from the previous year's unharvested pods. I've always had to plant it where and when I want it growing. It won't spread.

Also note, you should only grow this if you're *really* into okra. Harvesting daily from six plants, we always have enough to feed four people a full serving... read more


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.


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!


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!!


On Mar 1, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

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


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.


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 stirfr... read more


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.


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.


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.


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.