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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Abelmoschus manihot

I posted this plant on my This and That Thursday of this week. If you remember I gathered a seed head from a plant at my Dad's this past Summer. (one of the many flowers my mom grew) It finally bloomed yesterday and what a beauty! Abelmoschus manihot (Hibiscus manihot) A large ornamental okra with dinner-plate-sized yellow flowers with dark eyes.
Unfolding slowly in the morning.....




(it didn't take the bees long to find it)

closing gradually in the evening.

Height - 6ft. to 10 ft.
Spread - 3ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit- Clumps
Fast Grower
Full Sun Only --(mine is in the shade, maybe it will grow bigger in the ground in the sun)
Moisture - medium to wet
Attracts Butterflies and Bees

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Lois said...

Oh Darla it's gorgeous! I love that color. You did a great job on those closeups!

tina said...

It's beautiful! And you did a great job capturing the sequence. Lovely yellow color.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

You surely have excellent eye for details in the way you gather yourself to take these beautiful photos. I'm so impressed!

I'm glad you include the scientific name and its English name of this plant. Am not very good at plant nomenclatures.

Thanks for the visit Darla. I'm truly honoured. Have a nice weekend!

2sweetnsaxy said...

How pretty! How exciting to get that first bloom! The shots are excellent! :-)

Tootsie said...

can you slip me a seed???? it is gorgeous!!!!

Gail said...

The malva/hibiscus family sure has great looking flowering plants! This one is lovely...gail

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What a giant, I love the color. Great shots.

Jen

Dorothy said...

How beautiful! That is one awesome blossom!! plant one in the sun and see what it will do!!!

texasdaisey said...

What beautiful pictures. Very good closeups. I love how you captured it.
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Hocking Hills Gardener said...

What a beauty! I know nothing about okra or ornamental okra but it has beautiful blooms.I love seeing blooms I never saw before.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

It is gorgeous!Looks like cross between a hibiscus and a magnolia.

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

That is gorgeous! I bet it's great having your Mom's flowers in your garden. Is that where you got your love of flowers from?

Susie said...

I like the way it looks as it's ready to close. Very pretty.

perennialgardener said...

What a gorgeous bloom on that plant! I love that you were able to collect seed from your Mom's garden. :)

momstheword said...

Are you kidding me? Six to ten feet high???? Wow! And it has a nice spread across too~ That's my kind of flower.

It's beautiful!!!!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

"Man is it HOT"---Manihot!!!!! How's that???? I love that Hibiscus. It's unlike any I have seen. Thanks!!!

Hugs,
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Peggy said...

Hi Darla, that is a stunning plant,what a great addition to your garden. It would not last long in our windswept gardens over here.

George said...

That is some plant! I really like the color of the blossom, and the size is spectacular. Do you have more plants from your Dad's?

Martha said...

What a beauty and a great addition to your wonder-garden! Hope you're having a great weekend! :-)

Kathleen said...

That is one very cool plant! I'm not familiar with it at all but you did an excellent job showing us the stages of bloom.

Valerie said...

Gorgeous! You are a great photographer!

catmint said...

Hi Darla, great shrub and flowers. The bees have excellent taste.

Rosamaria said...

Beautiful sequence of flowers, Darla!

Good week for you!

Jessica said...

Beautiful pictures & great flaunt post!

Shellmo said...

That hibiscus flower is pure poetry! Beautiful!!

marmee said...

oh my oh my i would have to grow this just for the flower...i love it. i planted okra so we will see if i get any beautiful blooms...if you have any seeds left over...i would love to have some.
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Darla: what a show and so nicely captured.

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