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Lavatera trimestris (Malvaceae)
A robust, fast growing annual, native to Europe, but has naturalized throughout the southeastern United States. Freely branching, it becomes covered with numerous, ice-white, pink or rose colored blooms measuring up to 4 inches across. Does not seem to be temperamental about soil conditions and can thrive in full sun or partial shade. Requires ample moisture. Sow in early spring after the danger of frost has passed, seedlings are not winter hardy.
Average planting success with this species: 60%
Height: 3-5 feet
Germination: 15-30 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 70F
Sowing depth: 1/8"
Blooming period: June-September
Average seeds per pound: 70,800
Seeding rate: 25 lbs. per acre
1 oz Covers: 109 sq. ft.
Suggested use: Mass plantings, borders along walls and fences.
Miscellaneous: Often mistaken for Hibiscus. An extensive root system makes transplanting difficult.