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A staple of Southern cuisine, okra originated in Africa and is related to the hibiscus which accounts for its beautiful flowers. Well suited for Florida’s hot, humid summers, okra has become increasingly valued as an edible ornamental. In addition to lovely flowers, varieties like ‘Alabama Red’ and ‘Burgundy’ also offer bold, red foliage.

This flower is in a neighbor’s okra field on the corner of 47th Street and Lockwood Ridge.

Source: UF|IFAS Gardening Solutions

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