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Lavatera maritima

  • Common Name
    Lavatera/Tree Mallow
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Shrub
  • Size
    6' x 6' - 12'
  • Flower Color
    Lavender-Pink with Deep Lavender-Pink Center
  • Bloom Time
    • Constant
  • Leaves
    Gray-Green
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Bees
    • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    Lavatera is a large, mounding, fast growing, evergreen shrub with light, lavender-pink flowers that can bloom year round in Marin County. These are easy to grow shrubs that tolerate heat, wind, and drought. It can be used in perennial or shrub borders, on slopes or  hillsides. This is a great filler plant but lasts only about 5 years.

    Plant slightly above soil grade in a sunny location with good drainage. Mulch 2- 3 feet out from the stem. Drought tolerant once established. Prune in late winter to promote flowering and denser form.

    No significant pests or diseases.

  • Master Gardener Comments
    N / A
  • Varietals
    N / A