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Lavatera cachemiriana - Cambess.

Common Name Lavatera
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Humus rich soils[145] in meadows and forest clearings, 1800 - 3600 metres[51]. Wet meadows or sunny slopesat elevations of 540 - 2200 metresin Tibet[266].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas from Pakistan to Uttar Pradesh.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Lavatera cachemiriana Lavatera


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Lavatera cachemiriana Lavatera
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lavatera cachemiriana is a PERENNIAL growing to 2.4 m (7ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from July to August, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked. A mild flavour, but they are tough and not very worthwhile[K]. When cooked they have a somewhat slimy consistency[K]. Flowers - raw. Rather bland, but an attractive garnish to a salad[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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Demulcent  Pectoral  Purgative

Demulcent, pectoral, purgative[61].

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Other Uses

Fibre

A strong fibre is obtained from the stems, it is used for making string, bags, paper etc[74].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Avery easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil in sun or partial shade[1, 187]. Prefers a light well-drained moderately fertile soil in full sun[200]. A soil that is too rich encourages foliar growth at the expense of flowering[200]. Tolerates maritime exposure[200]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[187]. This species is considered by some botanists to be no more than a minor variant of L. thuringiaca[187].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[200]. Germination is usually quick and good. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer[K]. Basal cuttings in spring. Cuttings of softwood in June/July[188].

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Lavatera arboreaTree MallowBiennial3.0 - FLMHNDM21 
Lavatera plebeiaLavateraAnnual/Perennial1.5 -  LMHNDM211
Lavatera speciesTree LavateraShrub2.4 7-10 FLMHNDM20 
Lavatera thuringiacaLavatera, Tree lavateraPerennial1.8 7-10 FLMHNDM301
Lavatera trimestrisAnnual mallowAnnual0.8 0-0 FLMNDM201

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

   Apr 19 2017 12:00AM

I have some type of Lavatera growing on the hillside right outside my door in Baja California Mexico I am on the coast...so curious about where it fits in all this...it really can get quite tall...local horses seem to want to eat on it now and then. Wish I could submit a photo somewhere, there is a reference to a forum?

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