How to Grow and Care For Okra

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Okra is a flowering plant with elongated, edible pods that are frequently used as a thickening agent in gumbo. With colorful varieties ranging from dwarf to over eight feet, it’s as pretty in the garden as it is functional. Read on to learn how easy it is to grow okra in your vegetable patch, here on Gardener’s Path.

The 13 Best Okra Varieties for Your Vegetable Patch

An okra plant with a white blossom.

Okra is a flowering annual that bears edible pods in shades of red and green. Famous for its use as a thickener in gumbo, it’s not just for Southern gardens, but all USDA Hardiness Zones. Discover 13 of our favorites, and choose from dwarf varieties suitable for containers to tree-sized plants, here on Gardener’s Path.