Flower Friday: Red Okra (Abelmoschus Esculentus)

I learned about Flower Friday last year from Lorilin@Bugbugbooks and have been having a blast sharing some flower pictures and information. Please check out Lorilin’s blog if you haven’t already for book reviews and more!

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Today’s flower probably seems unusual, but this is one that I grow every year for food and for blooms.

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The flowers remind me of hibiscus, but they aren’t as big. The colors are quite stunning and different types of okra yield different colored flowers.

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This is an annual that grows fairly easily with little care. The one I’m growing this year is burgundy and the flowers are yellow. The stems, pods, and leaf ribs of the plant are a beautiful burgundy while the leaves are green. The pods keep their color even after cooking.

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There’s a lot to do with okra, but I tend to just eat it raw. What’s nice is that you can start picking okra as soon as 60 days after planting.

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The seeds are so easy to collect for the following year. Just dry a few pods! Break open the pods after they’ve completely dried and the seeds just fall out. A fun fact about this plant is that the seeds were roasted, ground, and used as a coffee substitute during the Civil War.


Thanks for checking out Flower Friday! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

27 thoughts on “Flower Friday: Red Okra (Abelmoschus Esculentus)

  1. michaelamclellan1

    I live in California and grow a large vegetable garden every year. I’ve never even heard of anyone growing okra in this area and I’ve never even tasted it. The blooms really are beautiful. Maybe I’ll step out a little and try putting some in the ground this spring and see what happens.

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    1. I believe it’s common in the south so I bet it would grow good for you. I’m jealous because you have such a nice growing season! It’s fairly short here. 😉

      You’ll have to let me know if you try it! 💙

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    1. Teri, I’m honestly not a huge fan either and really only munch it raw. Hoping to try an okra salad or something this year so I’ll let you know how it is. 😉 Thank you for checking out the post!

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    1. Aww thanks, Dani! You are awesome! 💜 It’s so easy to grow. Aren’t the flowers neat though? I’d grow it just to see the flowers every year haha. 😁 Hope all is well with you!

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  2. starjustin

    Well, I have to say I have never thought to eat okra and never even tried raw okra so I will have to check it out. I think it would be fun to try the coffee thing to. Great post Jen! 🙂

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