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Lavatera assurgentiflora

Tree Mallow
Malvaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

LAVATERA

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

Lavatera assurgentiflora

Evergreen shrub. Native to Southern California’s Channel Islands but naturalized on the coastal mainland. Erect growth to 12 ft. tall and wide. Maplelike leaves are lobed and toothed. Rosy lavender, white-striped, 2–3-in.-wide flowers bloom almost throughout the year, heaviest from midspring to late summer. Resists wind and salt spray. Use as a fast-growing windbreak hedge. Will reach 5–10 ft. and bloom the first year from seed. Shear to keep dense. Little to moderate water.

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