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Lavatera maritima

Bush Mallow
Malvaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

LAVATERA

These easy-to-grow plants bear blossoms resembling single hollyhocks (Alcea).

Lavatera maritima

Evergreen shrub. Native to the western Mediterranean. Grows quickly to 6–8 ft. tall and about as wide, with gray-green, 2 1/2-in. maple-like leaves and a summer-long show of light pink, 2–3-in. flowers with dark rose veining and a deep purple center. Open grower; cut back hard to keep it compact. Needs partial to full shade in Zones 12 and 13.

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