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Lavatera × clementii 'Candy Floss' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Pink in Summer

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

tree mallow 'Candy Floss'

Family

Malvaceae


Lavatera can be annuals, biennials, perennials or subshrubs, with long-stalked, palmately lobed leaves and large, funnel-shaped flowers in summer

'Candy Floss' is a vigorous semi-evergreen sub-shrub with lobed, grey-green leaves and funnel-shaped, pale pink flowers 5-7cm across in summer

Synonym(s)

  • Lavatera 'Candy Floss'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in light well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders or Gravel Garden


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 6

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to a rust