Lavatera trimestris

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Annual Mallow
Lavatera.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Lavatera
Species: L. trimestris
Binomial name
Lavatera trimestris
L.

Lavatera trimestris (common names annual mallow, rose mallow, royal mallow, regal mallow) [1] syn. Althaea trimestris[2] is a species of flowering plant native to the Mediterranean region.

It is an annual growing to 120 cm (47 in) tall by 45 cm (18 in) wide, producing shallow funnel-shaped flowers in summer, in shades of white and pink, with maroon centres and maroon veining on the petals.[3] The Latin trimestris literally means "of three months", referring to the growing and flowering period.[4] Numerous cultivars have been developed for garden use. The following have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-

  • 'Pink Beauty'[5]
  • 'Salmon Beauty'[6]      
  • 'Silver Cup'[7]
  • 'White Beauty'[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ L. trimestris at Malvaceae Info
  2. ^ Synonymy of Lavatera at Malvaceae Info
  3. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  4. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  5. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Lavatera trimestris 'Pink Beauty'". Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Lavatera trimestris 'Salmon Beauty'". Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Lavatera trimestris 'Silver Cup'". Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Lavatera trimestris 'White Beauty'". Retrieved 21 May 2013. 

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