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Tree Mallow

Lavatera maritima

Pronunciation: lav-a-TEE-ra ma-RIH-tih-muh
SKU #05740
6-8

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OVERVIEW
Description An excellent background shrub for dry perennial beds and mixed shrub borders. Numerous lovely pale lavender hibiscus-like flowers bloom throughout summer, each with a showy purple throat. The summer flowers are complemented by maple-like gray-green leaves. An excellent addition to warm, dry Mediterranean-style gardens. Evergreen.
Light Full sun
Watering Once established, water occasionally.
Blooms Summer to Fall
Mature Size Grows to 6 ft. tall and wide.
DETAILS
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Waterwise, Fast Growing
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Upright
Flower Attributes Flowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
STYLE
Landscape Use Border, Container, Hedge, Privacy Screen
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 Color Purple
Foliage Color Gray-green
Companion Plants Scotch Broom (Cytisus); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Lavender (Lavandula); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
CARE
Care 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.
HISTORY
Lore Mallows are closely related to the wetland plant known as "marsh mallow" with roots used to create this popular confection.

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