We grow this plant (abelmoschus manihot) in our vegetable garden here in Honolulu. It is a very important food crop in Fiji, also. The plant grows to at least 10 ft. and will develop branches and become woody with age. The leaves are used in the same way collards are. They are also mild enough for salad and have the same "mucilaginous" as okra, to which it is related. Never saw i being grown as an ornamental. I chose the "WEST" region because you don't seem to have included Hawai'i as an option.
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