Common Names: Malva Assurgentiflora
syn. Lavatera Assurgentiflora
Type: Evergreen shrub
Size: 9 ft. high, 12 ft. wide.
Flowers: Pink, purple flowers with white stripes 2-3" across. Blooms most of the year, esp. spring through fall.
Uses: Windbreak - resists wind and salt spray; screen, background, slopes. Deer like. Fire resistive.
Wildlife: Leaves (caterpillars, etc.), seeds, nectar for birds and bees. Deer resistant.
Soil: Well-drained; native to sandy soil on Santa Barbara and Santa Catalina Islands of California
Water: Low to Medium.
Sun: Full sun.
Pruning: Sheer to keep dense, or prune as small tree. With age, prunes into interesting shapes.
Pests & Diseases: Rarely suffers from insect or disease damage. Watch for rust, leaf and stem rot, powdery mildew.
Notes: Only found in California. Comes from same family as Hibiscus. Thrives naturally in the sandy rocky soil of coastal sage scrub. Hardy to 20° F.