Lavatera, or Malva trimestris, is a low maintenance plant with hibiscus-like blooms on round-leaved plants. Loved by bees and butterflies. This lovely species blooms in white and pink. As the weather cools, the pink flowers become deep cerise. Lavatera makes a beautiful bedding plant, often grown as a hedge or in the mid border. Try it in a container too. Does best where summer weather is moderate; in hot summer areas afternoon shade is beneficial. An excellent cut flower that lasts well in water. All zones annual to be sown in spring for flowering the same year.
Other Names: mallow, rose mallow, royal mallow, regal mallow, common tree mallow, Malva trimestris, Althaea trimestris, Lavatera trimestris