Lavatera 'Purissima'

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Lavatera 'Purissima'
Lavatera 'Purissima'

Species Name: Lavatera 'Purissima'
Common Name: Purissima Tree Mallow

Striking, tropical look to flowers. Extremely fast grower, great for an informal hedge or specimen. Can be trained as a small tree. Long bloom season. Adapts to many soil types, but prefers good drainage. Gophers like this one.

Plant Family: Malvaceae
Plant Type: Shrub
Height by Width: 8-10' H x 10-12' W
Growth Habit: Tree-like
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: Frost tender
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Red-violet
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Hybrid of L. venosa and L. assurgentifolia. Introduced by Tree of Life"
Natural Habitat: Coastal Bluffs, Dunes. Elevation: below 100 meters.

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  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.