Lavatera assurgentiflora – now classified as Malva assurgentiflora, the island mallow, mission mallow, royal mallow, island tree mallow, malva rosa, is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family.
Malva assurgentiflora is a sprawling perennial herb or bushy shrub generally exceeding a meter tall and approaching four meters in maximum height. The leaves are up to 15 centimeters long and wide and are divided into 5 to 7 toothed lobes.
The showy flowers have five dark-veined deep pink petals which are somewhat rectangular in shape and 2.5 to 4.5 centimeters long. The disc-shaped fruit is divided into 6 or 8 segments each containing a seed.
Malva assurgentiflora is grown as an ornamental plant in traditional, native plant, water conserving, and wildlife gardens, and in natural landscaping projects. It can be planted as a large hedge and/or windbreak.
- Calflora Database: Malva assurgentiflora (Island mallow) — formerly Lavatera assurgentiflora.
- Jepson eFlora treatment ofMalva assurgentiflora — formerly Lavatera assurgentiflora.
- USDA Plants Profile - Lavatera assurgentiflora (island mallow)
- "Lavatera assurgentiflora". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
- U.C. CalPhotos gallery of Lavatera assurgentiflora
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