Musk Okra (Abelmoschus moschatus 'Oriental Red')

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9b -3.9 °C (25 °F) to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
Plant Height: 1.5 - 6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 70F
Days to germinate: 4-15 under ideal conditions
Depth to plant seed: 1-2 cm
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Other info: Soaking seeds in water overnight may speed germination
Pollinators: Various insects
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant


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Posted by greene (Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) - Zone 8b) on Aug 25, 2013 8:10 PM

A source of the ambrette seed 'musk' oil used in high-end perfume and cosmetics; oil also used as a flavoring in tobacco, baked goods, sweets, vermouth, and bitters.

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Plant Events from our members
greene On August 7, 2014 Fruit Ripened
The plant is at normal height now; lots of blooms and seed pods.
greene On June 10, 2014 Bloomed
Due to the extreme winter this plant started slowly this spring and has not attained the height of previous years.
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