Tree Mallow
Lavatera arborea 'Variegata'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavatera (lav-uh-TEER-uh) (Info)
Species: arborea (ar-BOR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

Category:

Biennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

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Where to Grow:

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Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Variegated

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Provides winter interest

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

over 9.1 (very alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Calistoga, California

Carlotta, California

Citrus Heights, California

Eureka, California

San Leandro, California

Vista, California

Barbourville, Kentucky

South Beach, Oregon

Aberdeen, Washington

Lynden, Washington

Sequim, Washington

Shoreline, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Apr 11, 2001, Zanymuse from Scotia, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant will often grow to 6-12 feet in ht. It propagates from seed easily and will even do well in poor soil. In fact it seems to prefer poor rocky soil to composted or enriched soil.

This plant acts as a Biennial but if the seeds are stripped off the plant will reflower again the following spring. I have managed to keep one plant alive for 4 years now by stripping it almost completely once the seed pods are ready to harvest.

Identification was made possible by the Plant ID Forum here at Dave's Garden