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Lavatera arborea

Synonym(s) Lavatera dendromorpha
Common name Cornish tree mallow
Family malvaceae
Life cycle annual/perennial
Flowers pink (summer)
Size 6'
From seed germinate at room temperature. scarification is helpful.
detailed seed-starting info below

Lots of different-looking plants are identified by this name of the web. According to, 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.
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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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. 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
  2. Same seed as above. Used sandpaper to dehusk and lightly scarify. Baggy 70F (53%G, 4-9d)

Long-viable seed.

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