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Lavatera olbia

Tree mallow

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.7m to 2m
  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourRed-purple
  • Leaf ColourMedium green

Description

Lavatera olbia (Tree mallow). This species of shrub will grow to about 2m with 3-5 lobed leaves. The flowers are single red-purple racemes.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub or Tree

Other common names

Tree lavatera, Mallow

Origin

Europe and Asia

Interest and use

Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilSandy
  • 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

Softwood cuttings in early spring or summer the perennials, sub-shrubs and shrubs; annuals and biennials by seed in spring or early autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Prone to stem rot and rot.

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