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Lavatera species - .

Common Name Tree Lavatera
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range S. Europe - Greece.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Lavatera species Tree Lavatera


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lavatera species is an evergreen Shrub growing to 2.4 m (7ft 10in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year. 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: acid, neutral and basic (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

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked. A mild flavour, but tough and not very worthwhile[K]. When cooked the leaves have a somewhat slimy consistency[K]. Flowers - raw. A pleasant mild flavour, they make a decorative addition to the salad bowl[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

None known

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in any ordinary garden soil[1]. 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]. An unknown species from Greece given to us by Bill of Falmouth. It is very fast growing, even in a very exposed position but is short lived, usually only 3 - 4 years before it starts breaking up in the wind. The plant is probably too floriferous for its own good but if self-sows freely. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

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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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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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