Hibiscus ‘Lord Baltimore’: Hardy hibiscus 

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Type: Herbaceous perennial; Family: Malvaceae; Height: 4.00 to 5.00 feet; Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet; Bloom Time: July to September; Bloom Description: Crimson red; Flower: Showy; Attracts: Butterflies

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Hardy hybrid hibiscus is a vigorous, sturdy, erect but sometimes shrubby, woody-based perennial that typically grows to 4-8’ tall. Hardy hybrid hibiscus plants are often complex mixtures of different species which are native to the U. S., including Hibiscus coccineus, Hibiscus laevis, Hibiscus militaris, Hibiscus moscheutos and Hibiscus palustris. Hybrids are winter hardy to USDA Zones 4 or 5 which significantly distinguishes them from the many tropical to semi-tropical hibiscus on the market today. Each disc-shaped flower [to 6-10” across] features five flat showy overlapping petals [each to 3-4” long] in a variety of colors which surround a prominent and showy central staminal column.

Photos: Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA  [201400826]

Source: WikipediaMissouri Botanical Garden

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