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Okra is a staple of southern cuisine. That's probably because okra is a warm-weather plant -- but the good news is that okra can be grown just about anywhere. In this article, we'll talk about growing and harvesting okra.

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About Okra

Okra, a member of the cotton and hibiscus family, is an erect, tender annual with hairy stems and large maple-like leaves. It grows from 3 to 6 feet tall, and has large flowers that took like yellow hibiscus blossoms with red or purplish centers.

Common Name: Okra

Scientific Name: Hibiscus esculentus

Hardiness: Very tender (harvest before first frost)

Are you planning to add a little okra to your vegetable garden? Go to the next page for our okra-growing tips.

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