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Rose Mallow - Lavatera trimestris-pictures and info

Rose Mallow - Lavatera trimestris is a fast growing, heavily blooming annual shrub, indigenous to Europe and naturalized in many parts of the world.

It grows 60-100 cm (2-3 feet) high and produces large, pink-purple or white flowers, resembling hibiscus or hollyhock flowers.
The pink flower petals are crossed by darker purple veins.

Rose mallow is an abundant bloomer, having a long blooming period, from June all the way until September.
Pink Rose Mallow-close up

Growing tips:

  • Though it is an annual, the rose mallow will reseed itself if left to do it.
  • Saw the seed in early spring at the place where the plant will grow, it doesn't like replanting.
  • Rose mallow is a very adaptable plant, there for very easy to grow. It does best in sandy or loamy soil but tolerates clay as well.
  • No need for fertilizer and it is not picky about the PH level of the soil either.
  • It prefers full sun to light shade and average moisture level.
Rose mallow, with its tropical appearance, is a lovely addition to any garden.


Kathy said...

I'll wager it looks very pretty tucked around nooks and crannies in a garden.

Maia T said...

Honest Kathy, I have no idea what you mean, but it's OKAY.

Joyful said...

It's very pretty.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful color Maia. My mother has something similar to these growing up a trellis in her yard.

Tina´s PicStory said...

Nice picture :)

Jama said...

I love it's gorgeous colour!

Cheryl said...

I always forget the name of these when I see them. Maybe your beautiful picture and great tips will help me remember!

Rosie Gan said...

Is it also called rose of sharon? Love the look.

Maia T said...

No Rosie, they are from the same family but Rose of Sharon is a different species.
Thanks for the visit.

eden said...

Gorgeous blooms. Thank you for sharing the growing tips.

Lrong Lim said...

Very nice pink colors... I have not really ventured into growing the mallow as yet... one of these days...

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