Lavatera assurgentiflora--dark-flowered form

Common Name:
Tree mallow
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Malvaceae (The Mallow Family)
Geographic Origin:
California Native?:
Plant Size:
10 feet+ high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Purplish red
Full sun
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
This is an erect shrub, often growing 10 feet tall or more but amenable to pruning and shearing. The leaves are 2 to 6 inches broad, usually smooth and lustrous in surface and dark green in color. It blooms from spring to fall. The flowers are up to 3 inches broad and colored various shades of bright purplish red, with darker veining. This is a useful species for screens and tall hedgerows.