Hibiscus esculentus
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Hibiscus esculentus

lady finger

  family malvaceae 
  genus hibiscus 

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Genus  Hibiscus Species  esculentus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  okra   gumbo   lady finger Family  MALVACEAE Specimen number  S12043 Data source  UnVeg p263
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Herb Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Clump forming Overall height  2' - 8' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 29 Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Full sun is ideal for Hibiscus esculentus.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The seed pods of this plant and the seeds are both edible. There are many nutritional properties of merit in Hibiscus esculentus; for example vitamin A, calcium and protein can all be found. Okra (sometimes called gumbo and lady finger) is most frequently used dried, cooked or frozen.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Tall stalks Crop spacing  8" - 1' Row spacing  4' Cold frame  Planting period  Apr 01 - Apr 30 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  No fertilizer Time to harvest  55 to 65 days
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Frozen   Cooked   Dried Nutritional value  Vitamin A   Calcium   Protein Edible parts  Seed pods   Seeds Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  has a distinctive mucilaginous texture
Horticulture notes  April is normally the best time to begin planting. When planted agriculturally, space the plants 8" apart. Separate each row by approximately 4'. It requires warm days for good production. Estimated time to harvest is 55 to 65 days. Propagation of Hibiscus esculentus can be achieved by seed.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Hibiscus esculentus has an annual life cycle.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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