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Abelmoschus moschatus

Musk mallow

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height0.5m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.3m to 0.45m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourOrange-red
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Abelmoschus moschatus (Musk mallow). This aromatic and medicinal species is a bushy perennial which can be grown as an annual. Leaves are broadly ovate and about 3-7 lobed with coarse hairs. The orange-red flowers resemble the hibiscus and can grow to about 10cm across. They bloom singly or in terminal racemes from mid-summer to autumn.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Shrub

Origin

Nepal

Interest and use

Culinary use for seed pods which can be cooked like okra. Seeds can be toasted to flavour sweet foods and an essential oil can be made which is used to flavour sweet foods such as cakes and ice-cream. Also grown for its attractive flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Grow this plant under glass in a loam-based compost with full light. If grown outdoors, grow in fertile well-drained soil with full sun.

Propagation

By seed

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for fungal disease e.g. rust or powdery mildew. Also watch out for red spider mites and whitefly.

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