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Abutilon hybridum Nabob * Red Chinese Lantern

I find the red Chinese lantern in at least 2 forms. Abutilon hybridum 'Nabob' has widely opened flowers and gets larger than other red Abutilon's that I have seen, forming an open shrub up to 8'. This variety has hairless green leaves and holds its flowers up so they can be seen. Abutilon's are great for the shade garden. They will do poorly in full sun unless they are right on the coast. Hummingbirds feed from the Chinese Lantern flowers by reaching in between the sepals and petals to seek out the nectaries.

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Abutalon Nabob, Red Chinese Lantern