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PlantFiles: 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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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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:

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


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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral peejay12 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 flowers to photograph next year!

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