Okra - Cows Horn

Hibiscus esculentus

[hibiscus_esculentus]

In Notes on the State of Virginia, begun in 1781, Jefferson records that the gardens of his native state "yield musk melons, water melons, tomatoes, okra, pomegranates, figs, and the esculent plants of Europe." It wasn't until 1809, however, that he began to plant Okra, a native of Africa, on an annual basis at Monticello, generally in late March or early April. In 1817, for instance, he notes its planting in Monticello's Vegetable Garden on April 2 and its arrival at table on July 28, over sixteen weeks later. A member of the mallow family, Okra has large, handsome yellow flowers. The young fruiting pods were often combined with tomatoes for soups and gumbo in Jefferson family recipes. In 1813, Jefferson edged his "square," or plot of tomatoes with okra - a rather unusual combination of plant textures. Cows Horn is an heirloom Okra variety.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): White, Purple Hardiness Zones: 6 - 10 Location at Monticello: Vegetable Garden Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.008919,-78.453517

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Blooming Dates 2001: Jul 18 – Oct 122002: Jun 28 – Sep 132003: Jul 14 – Sep 262004: Jul 19 – Sep 292005: Jul 20 – Oct 252006: Jul 20 – Oct 112007: Jul 20 – Sep 282008: Aug 1 – Oct 312009: Sep 1 – Oct 142011: Aug 8 – Sep 162012: Jun 22 – Nov 72013: Sep 28 – Oct 302014: Jul 10 – Oct 23