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Hibiscus manihot

Abelmoschus manihot

ab-el-MOS-kus MAN-ih-hot

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 CharacteristicsProduces inedible seed pods with tiny hairs that catch morning dew.

CarePlants need plenty of fertility and water.

PropagationSow seed in containers six to eight weeks before the last frost date.

ProblemsSlugs, snails, spider mites. Fungal disease, powdery mildew and root rot.

  • Genus : Abelmoschus
  • Zones : 11
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Height : 6 to 10 feet
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Characteristics : Showy Fruit
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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