Lavatera thuringiaca Malvaceae
Tree Lavatera lah-va-TEE-ra
- Broadleaf woody subshrub, to 8 ft (1.8 m) tall. Leaves simple, alternate, 3-5 lobed, to 9 × 9 cm. Flowers solitary in axils of upper leaves or in loose terminal racemes, about 7 cm across.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 8 Native of south and
central Europe to the western Himalaya.
- Several cultivars: Barnsley is probably the best known, it has pale
pink flowers with red centers, the petals pale to white. It is a mutation of Rosea which has darker pink flowers. Woody subshrubs selections such as Barnsley
may actually be derived from L. olbia. (see Macdonald, B. 1994. The British Invation. American Nurseryman 179(7):30-35.)
- thuringiaca: of the Thuringia region of Germany.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: south of CH2M-Hill Alumni Center.