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Tree Mallow

Lavatera maritima

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.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationlav-a-TEE-ra ma-RIH-tih-muh
LoreMallows are closely related to the wetland plant known as "marsh mallow" with roots used to create this popular confection.
Average Size at MaturityStout, fast growing shrub; reaches 4 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer to Fall
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleMediterranean, Rustic, Xeric
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsScotch Broom (Cytisus); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Tickseed (Coreopsis); Lavender (Lavandula); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)

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

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