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Plant Species of the genus Lavatera

Information about this genus
Name: Lavatera
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Shrubby mallows are suitable for planting in mixed borders where they will bloom abundantly throughout summer. They should be grown in full sun in a light well-drained soil. Too rich a soil will result in an excess of foliage at the expense of flowers. Prune after flowering to prevent legginess. Mallows tend to be fairly short lived but softwood cuttings taken in spring or early summer strike readily and are the usual method of propagation for the shrubby species.
Description: There are 25 species of evergreen or deciduous annual, biennial and perennial herbs and softwooded shrubs in this genus, which is related to hibiscus and hollyhock. They have a scattered distribution around the world, being found from the Mediterranean to the northwestern Himalayas, in parts of Asia, Australia, California and Baja California. The leaves are usually palmately lobed and slightly downy, and most species have attractive hibiscus-like flowers, with prominent staminal columns, in colors ranging from white to rosy purple.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Lavatera ?Barnsley? 7-10
Lavatera arborea 8-10
Lavatera assurgentiflora 9-11
Lavatera maritima 8-11
Lavatera olbia 8-10
trimestris annual mallow

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