Lavatera trimestris (Royal mallow)

Lavatera trimestris (Royal mallow) has a relatively short life cycle, rapidly growing and producing large flowers approximately 10 cm in diameter.
There are cultivars with flowers in various shades of pink and with white or red color. Well branched herbaceous plant, reaching 50 cm to 1.2 m in height.

The name of this plant (trimestris meaning three months) is due to its period of growth until the beginning of flowering, as they usually start to bloom after three months.

Common name: Royal mallow
Scientific name: Lavatera trimestris
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Europe (Mediterranean region).


Prefers mild climate.


Full sun.


Moderate. The soil should remain slightly moist, but not soggy.


Very tolerant to different soils, as long as it is well drained. In very fertile soils this plant produces a lot of foliage and relatively few flowers, so the soil should be moderately fertile or even relatively poor.

Lavatera trimestris (Royal mallow) -

Flowering season

It depends on the planting season and the climate of the region. It usually starts to bloom about 3 months after planting.

Cultivation cycle

Annual plants.


Propagate Royal mallow by seed, which must be sown on the surface as they need light to germinate, although they can be covered with a thin layer of sieved soil. The seeds will usually germinate in two or three weeks.

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