Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||lav-a-TEE-ra ma-RIH-tih-muh|
|Lore||Mallows are closely related to the wetland plant known as "marsh mallow" with roots used to create this popular confection.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Stout, fast growing shrub; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Summer to Fall|
|Design Ideas||Bush 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.|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Mediterranean, Rustic, Xeric|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Key Feature||Long Bloom Season|
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.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 6 - 8