Provided for consumer information—Monrovia is not currently growing this plant.

Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Stout shrub to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Summer Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Summer to fall
Botanical Pronunciation:lav-a-TEE-ra ma-RIT-i-ma
Plant type:Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Stout shrub to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Foliage color:Gray-green
Blooms:Summer to fall
Flower color:Purple
Design IdeasBush Mallow is a Mediterranean shrub that is most at home in drier Western landscapes. Rangy and irregular, it's best as a background shrub for more compact dryland or native flowering perennials. It can be clipped or sheared for a more formal character as a hedge or medium-height screen. Perfect on banks and slopes, among landscape boulders and in wild landscapes. Its greatest value is as a source of color in drought-resistant gardens, where its uniquely textured foliage makes a lush back-of-the-border filler.
Companion PlantsThe natural companion for other large rangy shrubs such as Sweet Broom (Cytisus x spachianus), Turner's Shari-D Oleander (Nerium oleander Turner's Shari-DTM) and Royal Red Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii 'Royal Red'). Also just as at home with Peppermint Lace Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Peppermint Lace') and the rugged Therese Bugnet Japanese Rose (Rosa x 'Therese Bugnet').
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: spring.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Low
Once established, needs only occasional watering.
History:
This genus belongs to the mallow family which also contains hollyhocks and hibiscus. The 25 species of Lavatera are mostly native to the Mediterranean. The species name, maritima suggests its origins in the coastal or maritime regions of North Africa.
Lore:
Mallows are closely related to the wetland plant known as "marsh mallow" with roots used to create this popular confection.