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ABELMOSCHUS manihot

Image of Abelmoschus manihot

James H. Schutte

Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

ABELMOSCHUS manihot

Plant Common Name

Sunset Hibiscus

General Description

Sunset hibiscus, is both an edible and ornamental plant that is native to eastern Asia. Like okra, its pods are used to thicken stews and vegetable dishes and can be ornamental when dried. The primary ornamental value of these tall plants come from their large showy yellow hibiscus-like flowers and bold glossy dark green leaves. Provide them with full sun and well-drained soil. Be sure to remove mature seed pods in the fall because these tender perennials tend to self sow. Plant in vegetable gardens or as feature plants in mixed borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 11

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Light Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Sandy Brown

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Bold

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Dried Flower / Everlasting, Edible, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes