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Lavatera olbia

Classification

Order: Malvales
   Family: Malvaceae
            Genus: Lavatera
                        Specie: Lavatera olbia

Planting Season: Evergreen

Height at Maturity: 6 ft (1.8 m)

Cultivation: Light well-drained soil

Features: Downy lobed leaves; reddish purple flowers

Uses: Mixed shrubbery Containers

Zones: 8-10

Description: The true Lavatera olbia is rarely cultivated, and the plant sold under that name is usually L. thuringiaca. It is found in western Mediterranean regions and grows into an evergreen shrub of about 6 ft (1.8 m) with bristly stems and downy lob

Growth Habit: Branching habit

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