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Lavatera assurgentiflora (Island mallow)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Lavatera assurgentiflora

Lavatera assurgentiflora Kellogg

Island Mallow, Mission-mallow, Tree Mallow

Malvaceae (Mallow Family)



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.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov


Native Distribution: Channel Islands, CA; escaped along mainland coast
Native Habitat: Variable; sandy flats; rocky places

Growing Conditions

Water 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.


Use Wildlife: Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes


Description: Propagation by seed is possible but germination is often poor.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds germinate without pretreatment.
Commercially Avail: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Lavatera assurgentiflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Lavatera assurgentiflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Lavatera assurgentiflora


Record Modified: 2008-02-02
Research By: TWC Staff

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