Lots of different-looking plants are identified by this name of the web. According to malvaceae.info, it can be identified by its petals, which have five darker veins and a dark base, and by the absence of leaves or branches on the lower portion of the stem. I don't know if the seed I'm growing is from the true species.
||Cornish tree mallow
||germinate at room temperature. scarification is helpful.
detailed seed-starting info below
In our first attempt to grow this, we were thwarted by bunnies, who ate the plants down to nubs within a week of setting them out in mid-May. Trying again this year.
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
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PlantLinks to other web pages about Lavatera arborea
- Seed from '04 trade (originally from Chiltern packed for '01). Dehusked seed. Baggy 70F (30%G, 2d). No more germinated, so nicked after 10 days, after which 30% more germinated, in 3-8d
- Same seed as above. Used sandpaper to dehusk and lightly scarify. Baggy 70F (53%G, 4-9d)
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February 10, 2008