Lavatera trimestris (Tree Mallow) is a species of flowering plant in the Malvaceae family. Lavatera trimestris is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe and North Africa. It is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes. As an annual, it completes its life cycle within one growing season, while in milder climates, it may behave as a short-lived perennial.
Lavatera trimestris is an annual or short-lived perennial plant that grows to a height of about 2 to 4 feet (60 to 120 centimeters). It has a bushy and upright growth habit with lobed leaves that are gray-green in color. The flowers are large and showy, measuring around 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 centimeters) in diameter. They come in various colors, including shades of pink, purple, and white.
The silky, raspberry blooms are light pink to deep rose in color. Tree Mallow typically blooms from summer to early fall, producing a profusion of flowers that can last for several weeks. The blooming period can vary depending on local climate conditions and growing practices. They are the attractors for humming birds and useful insects.
Tree Mallow thrives in full sun exposure but can tolerate partial shade. It prefers well-drained soil and can tolerate a range of soil types, including sandy and clay soils. Regular watering is necessary to keep the soil evenly moist, particularly during dry periods. It is often grown in borders, cottage gardens, or as a backdrop plant due to its tall and showy flowers.
Tree Mallow is primarily grown for its attractive flowers. The large and colorful blooms add a pop of color to garden beds and borders. They also attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, making it beneficial for pollinator-friendly gardens.
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Scientific Name: Lavatera Trimestris
Common Name: Tree Mallow
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Mediterranean
Height: 24-48 "
Spread: 24- 36 "
Zone: 2 to 11
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: July to September
Attracts: Butterflies, Humming Birds, Useful Insects
Flower Shape: Showy, Good Cut
Flower Color: White, Pink
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Clay
Garden Uses: Meadows and Prairies, Indoor Gardens, Borders