Mallow - Lavatera

Common Name: Mallow
Genus: Lavatera

J.K.Laveter was a Swiss naturalist during the 17th century.

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 2.00 m (200 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

The mallow group of plants belong in the Family Malvaceae. The flowers are similar to those of Hollyhocks. Usually pink, the flowers are produced for long periods throughout summer. The shrubs in the Genus grow vigourously but they are often short-lived. The shrub types flower on new wood and should be pruned hard back in spring, pruning every shoot down to the last visible leaves at the base. It will respond very well to such vigorous pruning and produce loads of flowers.

The annual species and cultivars are a good source of cut flowers.



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