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PlantFiles: Hardy Hibiscus, Rose Mallow, Swamp Mallow
Hibiscus moscheutos 'Lady Baltimore'

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Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hibiscus (hi-BIS-kus) (Info)
Species: moscheutos (mos-KEW-tos) (Info)
Cultivar: Lady Baltimore

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15 members have or want this plant for trade.

Height:
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Bloom Color:
Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Profile:

4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive coriaceous On Mar 29, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A superb perennial, and my favorite hardy herbaceous hibiscus. The flowers look tropical, even more than those of the other hardy hibiscus hybrids. I also like that it's taller than most of the recent generation of hybrids, which were bred with 18" retail shelving in mind.

The deeply cut leaves give its foliage a finer texture than most of the hardy hibiscus, which tend to be coarse. They also allow more light through, which helps keep it from smothering its neighbors in a border or bed.

Like all herbaceous hibiscus, this is very late to emerge from dormancy in spring. This is an opportunity to underplant it with spring bulbs or ephemerals. In the fall, I leave 6" stubs on the stems to help me remember where the plant is in the spring.

In Z6, I find that spring planting helps increase its chances of getting through its first winter.

This is a hybrid between at least four herbaceous species native to the southeastern US, and not a cultivar of H. moscheutos.

Positive malakai On Jun 10, 2010, malakai from Hampton, FL wrote:

When I first bought this plant, it seemed to die off quickly, and I had no idea why. The next season, it came back and bloomed, which was a welcome surprise. Here in Florida, these seem to have a very short growing and blooming season, and they don't seem to spread much. Because of their short blooming season, I would only recommend these in mixed plantings here.

Positive lee_ro On Jun 24, 2007, lee_ro from Raleigh, NC wrote:

Beautiful blooms, a spectacular plant indeed! I bought a Lady Baltimore last year and it looks lovely in my garden. It doesn't flower as prolifically as my other hardy hisbiscus do, but that doesn't take away from the plant's splendor. Mine is very well behaved (gives me no trouble at all), performing beautifully with only two tall stems (about 4ft) shooting out of the ground, adorned with a dozen or so buds right now. I can't wait until it becomes established in my garden- I imagine it'll be quite a site! I've got hydrangea and another pink rose mallow nearby with white jasmine climbing all over the fence behind the garden. The pink, blue, and white color scheme looks great. I recommend moscheutos to anyone who's ever loved big, tropical, exotic shrubs-- they're low maintenence stunners!! Just watch out for the Japanese Beetles this time of year!

Positive mlagarelli On Jul 23, 2006, mlagarelli from Elkton, MD wrote:

This is our first year gardening and I must admit that I was dubious about placing Lady Baltimore in a prominate place in our garden. But, I trusted our Landscape Architect and purchased three 1 gallon size plants despite my reservations. The foliage is not very attractive and more than one visitor has asked how our "tomatoes" are doing. I must admit that we were blown away when the first bloom opened. What a spectacular flower! Lady Baltimore is now the focal point of our planting bed. And, those "tomatoe lovers" are now scrambling to add this hardy hybiscus to their own landscapes.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Prattville, Alabama
Tucson, Arizona
Bigelow, Arkansas
Hampton, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
Chickamauga, Georgia
Farmersburg, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Olathe, Kansas
Belle Chasse, Louisiana
Coushatta, Louisiana
Folsom, Louisiana
Elkton, Maryland
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Saint Louis, Missouri
Jefferson, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Whiteville, North Carolina
Stayton, Oregon
Bluffton, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Rockvale, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
El Campo, Texas
Temple, Texas
Lexington, Virginia



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