TREE MALLOW

FAMILY: Malvaceae | GENUS: LAVATERA

TYPE
  • Annuals
  • Evergreen
  • Shrubs
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

Offering colorful single flowers throughout the summer, these easy-to-grow plants resemble their cousins, the hollyhocks (Alcea). Use them in the back of the border, in combination with other annuals and perennials.

lavatera thuringiaca

  • Evergreen shrub.
  • Zones US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8.
  • Native to central and southeastern Europe.
  • Flowers are purplish pink, 3 inches across, nearly everblooming (except in colder-winter zones).
  • Barnsley has lighter pink flowers with deep pink centers.
  • Red Rum grows about 45 feet tall and 34 feet wide, with deep pink flowers held on burgundy stems.

annual mallow

lavatera trimestris

  • Annual.
  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS, TS; USDA 6-11.
  • Mediterranean native reaches 36 feet tall and wide from spring-sown seed.
  • Satiny flowers to 4 inches wide.
  • Species is seldom seen in gardens; more commonly grown are named selections with blossoms in white, pink, or rosy carmine.
  • Bloom extends from midsummer until frost if spent flowers are removed to halt seed production.
  • Thin seedlings to allow each plant ample room to spread.
  • Makes a colorful, fast-growing summer hedge or background planting.
  • In mild-winter regions, can also be sown in autumn for winter-to-spring bloom.
  • Compact (2- to 3 feet) selections include white 'Mont Blanc', rose-pink 'Mont Rose', and bright pink 'Silver Cup'.
  • Ruby Regis, to 2 feet high and wide, has 3 inches flowers of deep rose veined in a deeper shade.
  • Loveliness has similar blossoms but grows 34 feet tall and wide.

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