A genus of hardy shrubs and showy annuals.
Lavatera arborea, from southern Europe, forms a shrubby
plants, six to ten feet high, with large lobed
leaves, and flowers, of trumpet shape, two inches
across, reddish-purple veined with a deeper shade
at the base, in clusters.
Lavatera davaei is a Portuguese shrub, up to four feet
high, with clusters of violet-rose flowers.
Lavatera mauritanica, from North Africa, is an annual
of two feet, with violet flowers, shaded darker
at the base.
Lavatera trimestris (syn. Lavatera rosea) grows three to four
feet, is native to southern Europe, and an annual.
The flowers are of a rosy-red shade.
There are a number of varieties of garden origin
such as alba, a good white form, and “Loveliness”,
a beautiful rose.
Seeds of shrubby kinds may be sown in frames in
early autumn, or in their flowering positions
in April. The seed of the annuals may be sown
out-of-doors in late March where the plants are
Propagation is from cuttings or seed.
The flowering season is from midsummer onwards.
See also : Lavatera