Tree Mallow (Malva thuringiaca subsp. thuringiaca 'Red Rum')

Botanical names:
Malva thuringiaca subsp. thuringiaca Accepted
Lavatera thuringiaca Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 4 feet
Plant Spread: 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: Somewhat felty texture
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Magenta/red
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Edible Parts: Flowers
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Posted by valleylynn (Dallas, OR - Zone 8b) on Jul 20, 2012 12:35 PM

This Lavatera has come back for me in the last 4 years. Each year it is taller and wider, with a long bloom season (July through August in the Pacific Northwest).

The breeder was English plant hunter & hybridizer Ken Rigney of Southampton. Possibly named after a famous English race horse that was a three time winner of the Grand National Steeplechase in England.

It blooms on new wood, so does well with a hard pruning in the spring before it sets buds. Blooms best in full sun, but will do well with some light shade.

Lavatera x clementii 'Red Rum' was introduced in 2000. Lavatera x clementii group derived from crossing L. olbia and L. thuringiaca.

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What seeds are you ordering this year? by luvsgrtdanes Feb 22, 2015 10:07 AM 78

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