Musk okra Plant, ornamental okra (Abelmoschus moschatus)
This plant is a "multiuse" in our aromatic garden . This beautiful perennial with yellow hibiscus flowers can reach about 2m high and is native to tropical and subtropical region of Asia.
Light: Full sun
Multiplication: by seeds is very simple.
In winter: Abelmoschus moschatus tolerates temperatures up to -3 in outdoors. The harshness of winter we can solve by covering it with leaves and twigs.
Uses: It is famous for the excellent qualities of its essential oil (ambrette) obtained from its seeds and has long been used as a substitute for animal musk in the perfume industry. Unfortunately, currently only low cost synthetic substitutes are used but if you want to experience their excellent aroma heat their seeds and you will enjoy the smell! Also the fibres are similar to jute.
In the kitchen: Musk okra is related to okra (Abelmoschus esculentus),, so it is not surprising that in some places the green pod is used cooked.
Medicinal: It is an important plant in Ayurvedic medicine with many uses.