Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Looking for a standout addition to your garden? Look no further than Lavatera thuringiaca, also known as Tree Lavatera or Gay Mallow. This herbaceous perennial plant can grow up to 1.8m tall and produces beautiful pink flowers up to 6cm in diameter throughout the summer. A cultivar of L. × clementii, it is native to eastern Europe and southwestern Asia, from southern Germany to Turkey. Its palmately lobed leaves and greyish hairs make it a striking addition to any garden. Plus, the strong fibre obtained from the stems can be used for making string, bags, and even paper. Consider adding a Lavatera thuringiaca to your collection today and enjoy its beauty for years to come. Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit cultivars include 'Bredon Springs', 'Burgundy Wine', 'Candy Floss', and 'Rosea'.