Heirloom Herb. The light green pods are delicious steamed, stuffed or in soups and stews. Hibiscus-like cream coloured flowers from 5-7.5 cm (2-3″) in diameter make a beautiful garnish and the plants themselves are often used for their ornamental appeal. Okra is among the top heat and drought tolerant vegetables grown in the world. Tender perennial grown as an annual.