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Wasowski, Sally and Andy
Lavatera assurgentiflora Kellogg
Island mallow, Mission-mallow, Tree mallow
USDA Symbol: laas
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A 6-10 ft. high and wide, evergreen shrub with large, glossy maple-like leaves and showy, hollyhock-like flowers. The flowers are white to rose-colored with darker veins.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: CA Native Distribution:
Channel Islands, CA; escaped along mainland coast Native Habitat:
Variable; sandy flats; rocky places
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Most well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Fast-growing. Resists drought, wind & salt-spray. Often used as a windbreak or open hedge.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationDescription: Propagation by seed is possible but germination is often poor.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds germinate without pretreatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2008-02-02
Research By: TWC Staff