|HIBISCUS ABELMOSCHUS L. - MUSK OKRA.
Abelmoschus moschatus medic, grana moschata.
Musk okra, musk mallow, ambrette, ornamental okra, annual hibiscus, yorka okra, galu gasturi, bamia moschata, Muskdana, Ornamental okra, Rose mallow seeds, Tropical jewel hibiscus.
Malvaceae (Mallow family).
Musk okra is an annual tropical herbaceous plant growing up to 6' tall.
It has toothed leaves; yellow - or purple flowers.
The seeds are in a hairy, cornered pyramid capsule; these seeds have medicinal applications; as an antidote for snakebites; an emulsion from the seeds is considered to be anti-spasmodic and is used externally.
Extensively used as an insecticide and a aphrodisiac.
The oil of the seeds, with a strong musk odor, are also used in the perfume industry (now largely replaced by synthetic musk oils) and is used to flavor coffee.
USDA zone 9B - 11.
Seeds and cuttings.
Flowers year round (with the temperature above 68°F).
Needs moist well drained soil.
Frost tender; temperature should be above 60°F; plant in frost free spots.
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