Lavatera
Lavatera oblongifolia

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavatera (lav-uh-TEER-uh) (Info)
Species: oblongifolia (ob-long-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
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Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Southold, New York

Gardeners' Notes:

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On May 2, 2011, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is quite rare, and grows in the Sierra Nevada mountains, southern Spain. The foliage is unusual for a Lavatera and the leaves are oval, grey green, with a felt-like surface. The 2" flowers are not as large as the well-known cultivars, but very attractive being bright pink with deep red veining.
In the wild they experience quite cold wet winters and coolish summers, so they may be successful even in Zone 8b regions. I would think that very good drainage and alkaline soil would be necessary.
I cannot comment on these plants any further as my plants are small seedlings only 3" tall, but with luck, I may get some flowers late this year.
Edit: This species seems to be rather slow-growing, and my plant is still only 12'' tall after six months. Hoping for... read more