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Lavatera assurgentiflora

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Lavatera assurgentiflora – now classified as Malva assurgentiflora,[1] the island mallow, mission mallow, royal mallow,[2] island tree mallow, malva rosa, is a species of flowering plant in the mallow family.

Island mallow
Lavatera assurgentiflora 2005-06-09.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Malvaceae
Genus: Lavatera
L. assurgentiflora
Binomial name
Lavatera assurgentiflora

It is endemic to southern California, where it is native only to the Channel Islands. It can also be found growing as an escapee from cultivation in coastal mainland California.


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.[3]


External linksEdit

  • Calflora Database: Malva assurgentiflora (Island mallow)formerly Lavatera assurgentiflora.
  • Jepson eFlora treatment ofMalva assurgentifloraformerly Lavatera assurgentiflora.
  • USDA Plants Profile - Lavatera assurgentiflora (island mallow)
  • "Lavatera assurgentiflora". Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
  • U.C. CalPhotos gallery of Lavatera assurgentiflora