Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Lagunaria patersonii
Lagunaria patersonii

Click to Enlarge

Zone
Zones 13, 15-26, H1, H2
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Lagunaria patersonii

Primrose Tree, Cow itch tree
Malvaceae
Evergreen, Trees

Native to South Pacific and Australia. Rather fast growth to 20–50 ft. Young trees narrow and erect; old ones sometimes spreading to as wide as 40 ft., with flat-topped look. Densely foliaged in thick, oval, 2–4-in.-long leaves that are olive green above, gray beneath. Pink to rose, 2-in.-wide summer blossoms look similar to hibiscus flowers, fade almost to white with age.

‘Royal Purple’ has purple blossoms.

Brown seed capsules, popular with flower arrangers, hang on for a long time; they split into five sections, revealing bright brown seeds. Handle pods carefully, since they contain short, stiff fibers that can irritate skin and eyes.

You Might Also Like...

Lagunaria patersonii

Native to South Pacific and Australia. Rather fast growth to 20–50 ft. Young trees narrow and er...

Brugmansia

South American natives often confused with plants in the genus Datura (low-growing, herbaceou...

Brugmansia cubensis 'Charles Grimaldi'

Vigorous hybrid between Brugmansia x insignis ‘Frosty Pink‘ and another ...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More

Advertisement