ABELMOSCHUS

FAMILY: Malvaceae

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
  • CS (Coastal South) / Zone 9
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 10
  • TS (Tropical South) / Zone 11

Plant Details

In bloom, these Asian natives are reminiscent of tropical hibiscus and okra, to which they are related. (In fact, okraA. esculentusbelongs to the same genus; for information, see Okra.) Deeply cut leaves and large, showy flowers are their hallmarks. Commonly grown as annuals, they thrive in high heat, humidity, and good, fertile soil.

sunset muskmallow

abelmoschus manihot

  • To 6 feet or taller, 23 feet wide.
  • Large, coarse leaves and 3- to 5 inches., cream to deep yellow flowers with maroon central blotch.
  • Cooked leaves are edible and high in Vitamins A and C and iron.

silk flower

abelmoschus moschatus

  • Bushy plant about 112 feet high and wide, with deep green leaves.
  • Five-petaled, 3- to 4 inches., cherry-red or deep pink blooms.
  • Can be grown as a houseplant in 6 inches pot; set on a windowsill in bright light.

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