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Lavatera × clementii 'Rosea' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

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

2-5 years


Preferred common name

tree mallow 'Rosea'

Family

Malvaceae


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

'Rosea' is a vigorous medium-sized, semi-evergreen, often short-lived subshrub with hairy, greyish stems and leaves. Flowers to 8cm in width, light pink

Synonym(s)

  • Lavatera arborea 'Rosea'
  • Lavatera olbia 'Rosea'
  • Lavatera thuringiaca 'Rosea'
  • Lavatera 'Rosea'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in light, moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Shelter from cold, drying winds in frost-prone areas. Often short-lived

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by taking softwood cuttings in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean Climate Plants or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Cut down growth in autumn

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be subject to stem rot, soil-borne fungal diseases and a rust