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Growing Lavatera (Tree Mallows)


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February 13, 2006
Pink Lavatera flowers
Botanical Name: Lavatera trimstris
Life Cycle: annual, self-sowing
Planting Time: spring
Height: 2' to 4'
Exposure: full sun to partial shade
Soil: nutrient rich, well-drained soil, moisture tolerant
Hardiness:n/a
Bloom Time: summer to frost
Flower: large pink or white hibiscus-like flowers
Foliage: green
Propagation: seeds, self-sowing on bare ground
Suggested Use: back borders, low screens
Growing Hints: In the spring, sow seeds directly in the ground or place seedlings 3 to 4 inches deep at 3-foot intervals. Lavatera are wildflowers and difficult to transplant so they should be planted where you want them to grow.
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Plants will live one year, flower profusely, and usually die after the first frost. Reseeding is possible on bare ground.
Interesting Facts: A European native, Lavatera is now found in all regions of North America.
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August 17, 2010

This is a picture of a Lavatera flower first thing in the morning with dew on the petals.

Closeup of Lavatera (Morning Tears)

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