University of Florida


A staple of Southern cuisine, okra originated in Africa and is related to the hibiscus (which accounts for its beautiful flowers). Well suited for Florida's hot, humid summers, this warm season vegetable should be planted when evening temperatures are in the mid fifties, in a sunny location with well-drained soil. Locally available varieties of okra include ‘Annie Oakley II’, ‘Cajun Delight’, ‘Emerald’, ‘Clemson Spineless’, and ‘North and South’.


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