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

  • Overview
    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
  • Detail
    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
    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 & 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.