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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Plant Height: 5-6 feet
Plant Spread: 3-4 feet (90-120 cm)
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: The lobed leaves are maple-shaped and grow to about 4 inches long and wide.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 6"-12"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: If growing indoors.
Scarify seeds
Suitable for wintersowing
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Tip
Cuttings: Cane
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Patent/Plant Breeders' Rights
Awards and Recognitions: Texas Superstar®
Child plants: one child plant


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'Lord Baltimore' was a featured
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Posted by mattsmom (WI) on Dec 3, 2011 6:47 AM

Stunning, huge, dark red blooms on this beauty. Blooms for months here in my zone 4a garden, only stopped by frost. Unfortunately, a choice foodsource of the dreaded Japanese Beetle.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 28, 2012 5:33 AM

Modern cultivars began with Robert Darby who named his two most famous successes after Lord and Lady Baltimore. During the 1950's Darby created 'Lord Baltimore' --a solid red hybrid--by crossing several quite common, but at that time largely unknown, wild hibiscus species found in wetlands from Louisiana to New Jersey. Most wildflower enthusiasts have never seen one in the wild.

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Posted by virginiarose (Virginia - Zone 8a) on Aug 16, 2012 8:07 AM

It comes back every year bigger and better. It's drought tolerant, but will not bloom unless it rains. Mine has grown to be almost 7 feet tall and 6 feet wide. Flowers are about 8 inches wide.

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