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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
Lavatera bicolor Lavatera maritima bicolor
Lavatera 'Maritime' Malva bicolor
Lavatera can be annuals, biennials, perennials or subshrubs, with long-stalked, palmately lobed leaves and large, funnel-shaped flowers in summer
L. maritima is a medium-sized semi-evergreen subshrub with downy grey palmate leaves and stems. Flowers to 7cm in width, pink or lilac with purple veins and eye
SW Europe, N Africa
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
SoilSand, Loam, Chalk
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in light, moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Shelter from cold, drying winds in frost-prone areas. Often short-lived
Propagate by taking softwood cuttings in spring or by seed sown in spring
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Wall-side Borders
City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants
Pruning Cut down growth in autumn
Pests Generally pest free
May be subject to stem rot, soil-borne fungal diseases and a rust
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