Lavatera maritimaItem #5740 USDA Hardiness Zone: 6 - 8
Excellent background shrub for beds of annuals and perennials. Numerous showy pale lavender with purple throat flowers against maple-like gray-green leaves. Prune occasionally to keep foliage dense. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Stout shrub to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:lav-a-TEE-ra ma-RIT-i-maPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Stout shrub to 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Bird Friendly, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Summer to FallFlower color:PurpleDesign 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 PlantsSweet Broom (Cytisus); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Lavender (Lavandula); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
- CareCare InformationThrives in light, fertile soils with excellent drainage. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Shear lightly after first flush to promote continued flowering. Prune hard annually to shape and rejuvenate. Feed with a balanced fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.