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Lavatera thuringiaca - L.
                 
Common Name Lavatera, Tree lavatera
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Hills, thickets and waysides[100], by streams to 2800 metres[93].
Range S.E. Europe to W. Asia - Armenia to Caucasia.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Lavatera thuringiaca Lavatera, Tree lavatera


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Lavatera thuringiaca Lavatera, Tree lavatera
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Physical Characteristics
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Lavatera thuringiaca is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.8 m (6ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8 and is not frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are 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.

Synonyms
L. olbia. Hort.

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked. A mild flavour, but the leaves are tough and not very worthwhile[K]. Leaves of the cultivar 'Barnsley' are less tough and are reasonably tasty, a plant at Kew had also produced quite a few leaves in the winter and so it is a potential winter salad[K]. Flowers - raw. A pleasant mild flavour, they make a decorative addition to the salad bowl[K]. Many named cultivars have considerably larger flowers than the type species and are thus much more worthwhile for the salad bowl[K].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Fibre.

A strong fibre is obtained from the stems, it is used for making string, bags, paper etc[74].
Cultivation details
An easily grown plant, succeeding 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]. Plants are hardy to about -20°c[187]. There are many named forms selected for their ornamental value[200]. The cultivar 'Barnsley' usually produces new shoots from the base in the autumn and winter. It is therefore a potential winter salad plant, though the texture of the leaves is not that wonderful[K].
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
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
loretta Wed Sep 17 2008
Blushing Bride.....White flower with pink center, or white flower with red center???Thanks
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