Hibiscus manihot

Abelmoschus manihot

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Hibiscus manihot (Abelmoschus manihot)
ab-el-MOS-kus MAN-ih-hot
Genus:  Abelmoschus
A large ornamental okra with dinner-plate-sized, sulfur yellow flowers with dark eyes. Each flower lasts only a day—unfolding slowly in the morning and closing gradually in the evening—but the abundance of flowers open on any one day conceals their short life span.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Produces inedible seed pods with tiny hairs that catch morning dew.
Care:  Plants need plenty of fertility and water.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers six to eight weeks before the last frost date.
Problems:  Slugs, snails, spider mites. Fungal disease, powdery mildew and root rot.

Overview

Height
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Fruit
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Brown Flower,
Yellow Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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