Abutilon × hybridum
|Abutilon X hybridum subsp. var.||Chinese lantern, Garden abutilon|
It is a popular group of hybrids that are semi-tropical, frost-tender shrubs typically growing 2–3 m tall. The lantern-like buds open to solitary, pendulous, bell- to cup-shaped flowers to 8 cm diameter with five overlapping petals and significant staminal columns typical of the mallow family. Flowers come in red, pink, yellow, white and pastel shades. Lobed, maple-like, light green leaves are often variegated with white and yellow.
Uses: Beds, borders, pots, window boxes or containers.
Sow seed indoors in late winter and set out seedling plants after last frost date.
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