|Lavatera thuringiaca cultivated at Uppsala|
Lavatera thuringiaca, the garden tree-mallow, is a species of Lavatera native to eastern Europe and southwestern Asia, from southern Germany south to Italy, and east to southern Russia, Kazakhstan, and Turkey.
It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 1.8 m tall. The leaves are up to 9 cm long and broad, palmately lobed with three or five lobes, and downy with greyish hairs. The flowers are pink, 3–6 cm diameter, with five petals; they are produced throughout the summer.
- Lavatera thuringiaca subsp. thuringiaca. Most of the species' range, except as below. Upper leaves bluntly lobed.
- Lavatera thuringiaca subsp. ambigua (DC.) Nyman. Southern France, Italy, western Balkans. Upper leaves acutely lobed.
Most of the popular shrubby garden cultivars traditionally listed under this species are actually hybrids between it and Lavatera olbia; these hybrids are now named Lavatera × clementii. The following cultivars have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-
- Malvaceae Pages: Herbaceous Lavateras
- Flora Europaea: Lavatera thuringiaca
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- Huxley, A., ed. (1992). New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. Macmillan ISBN 0-333-47494-5.
- Könemann (2004). Botanica. The Illustrated AZ of over 10000 garden plants and how to cultivate them. ISBN 3-8331-1253-0
- "RHS Plant Selector - Lavatera x clementii 'Bredon Springs'". Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Lavatera x clementii 'Burgundy Wine'". Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Lavatera x clementii 'Candy Floss'". Retrieved 21 May 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Lavatera x clementii 'Rosea'". Retrieved 21 May 2013.