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PlantFiles: Tree Mallow
Lavatera thuringiaca 'Red Rum'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lavatera (lav-uh-TEER-uh) (Info)
Species: thuringiaca (thur-in-jee-AH-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Rum
Additional cultivar information: (PP13898)
Hybridized by Rigney; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2001

One vendor has this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive grapevinegarden On Jan 18, 2011, grapevinegarden from Alvarado, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Although I haven't seen this plant bloom yet (since it was planted on the cusp of our intense summer heat last year) I'm already impressed. I think I would like it just for the foliage. It withstood the heat and humidity well, drooping only slightly when it was over 100 degrees in a part sun south-east setting. Here (zone 7b/8a) we just had an unusual spell of temperatures in the lower 20's and upper teens for several days. This plant held its leaves unscathed. Now that it is established, I'm eager for the bloom!


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

Boulder Creek, California
San Leandro, California
Jeffersonville, Indiana
Reno, Nevada
Emerald Isle, North Carolina
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Alvarado, Texas
Sumner, Washington

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