Great Red Hibiscus
This southeastern native was first named in the late eighteenth century and was soon being grown by avid American plantsmen of the day -- William Bartram, George Washington, and Lady Skipwith of Rappahannock. Peter Collinson in London saw a painting of the flower, done by Bartram, and asked for seeds to be sent from Charleston, SC. In spite of its early popularity, and its use in hybridizing modern hibiscus cultivars, there is little evidence that Great Red Hibiscus has ever been widely grown in American gardens. Also known as "Star of Texas," this showy perennial is suitable for border plantings, as an accent plant, or grown in containers.
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