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Clemson Spineless Okra

Abelmoschus esculentus 'Clemson Spineless'

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Clemson Spineless Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus 'Clemson Spineless') at Roger's Gardens

Clemson Spineless Okra fruit

Clemson Spineless Okra fruit

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Clemson Spineless Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus 'Clemson Spineless') at Roger's Gardens

Clemson Spineless Okra flowers

Clemson Spineless Okra flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)


Grown in sunny conditions, this heirloom variety can grow up to 4 feet in height; producing medium green, spineless and ribbed pods; mild and crunchy, great in strews, soups, preserves and pickled; harvest young when pods are 3" long

Edible Qualities

Clemson Spineless Okra is an annual vegetable plant that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces olive green pointy pods which are harvested from mid summer to mid fall. The pods have a mild taste and a crunchy texture.

The pods are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Eating When Cooked/Prepared
  • Cooking
  • Preserves
  • Pickling

Planting & Growing

Clemson Spineless Okra will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. When planted in rows, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Because of its vigorous growth habit, it may require staking or supplemental support. This fast-growing vegetable plant is an annual, which means that it will grow for one season in your garden and then die after producing a crop.

This plant is typically grown in a designated vegetable garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and it is considered by many to be an heirloom variety. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Clemson Spineless Okra is a good choice for the vegetable garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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