• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Stout, fast growing shrub; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Long Bloom Season
    Blooms:
    Summer to Fall
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:lav-a-TEE-ra ma-RIT-i-ma
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Stout, fast growing shrub; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Summer to Fall
    Flower color:Purple
    Garden styleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
    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 PlantsScotch Broom (Cytisus); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Lavender (Lavandula); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Thrives in light, fertile soils with excellent drainage and low moisture. Water regularly during first growing season to establish root system; once established, reduce frequency. Prune lightly after first bloom flush to promote continued flowering and encourage dense new growth. Hard prune annually to shape and rejuvenate. Feed in early spring.Pruning time: spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
  • History & Lore
    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.