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Lavatera cretica

Smaller tree mallow

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height1.3m to 2m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourPurple shades
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Lavatera cretica (Smaller tree mallow). An annual or biennial native to Southern Europe. leaves are 18cm approximately and are 5-7 lobed and toothed. Flowers are borne in clusters and are purple shades.

Characteristics

Annual or Biennial, Semi-evergreen, Shrub

Other common names

Mallow

Origin

Southern Europe

Interest and use

Suitable for northern and eastern aspects. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are moderately to very frost-hardy, they prefer a sunny site with well-drained soil. You can propagate annuals, biennials and perennials in the spring or early autumn from seed.

Propagation

Propagate annuals, biennials and perennials in the spring or early autumn from seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to stem rot and rot.

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