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Plant Guide

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.

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