Abelmoschus Esculentus Beautiful and tall, Burgandy Okra is a wonderful food and a beautiful ornamental plant for your garden. The lovely yellow flowers are similar to hibiscus. It has green leaves with burgundy stems, leaf ribs, and branches. Okra is used as the thickening agent in Cajun gumbo, but it also can be boiled, broiled, fried, roasted, steamed, canned, or pickled. You can also use the dried pods in flower arrangements and roasted okra seeds can be ground and used as a coffee substitute! Drought tolerant and easy to grow. Pick okra pods when they are 2"-3" long for tenderness. They are best tasting when eaten the same day. 50 days to harvest. Tender 6-8" pods. Growing instructions: Start seed indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost in pots, or sow directly into the garden after danger of serious frost has passed. Cover seeds with 1/8 inch of fine soil. 5 to 15 day germination time. Keep soil moderately moist during germination (not soggy). Transplant indoor started seedlings after hardening off and danger of serious frost has passed. Space plants at least 1 foot apart.