Okra is a flowering plant that is grown as an annual in most regions. The palmate leaves have five to seven lobes, and the flowers are yellow or white, often with purplish centers. The flowers give way to elongated seed pods, up to 7 inches long, containing white seeds that fill a pentagon-shaped chambered structure. Okra is rich in fiber and protein, and low in calories. Vegetables often lack significant amounts of protein, making okra unique in this aspect. Plus its chock full of vitamins (including vitamin C) and antioxidants. Here’s what you need to know in order to grow carrots in your garden!
Plant type: Vegetable
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Loose, well-draining soil
Bloom time: Summer
Species: A. esculentus