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Lavatera, Thuringiaca

Lavatera thuringiaca     Fr: Lavatera thuringiaca

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Like L. thuringiaca except: flowers are smaller, more separated at their base, flower stems are shorter, leaves 5-lobed (not 3) and grayer. A laxly branched shrub, to about 2 m. Like L. olbia except: flowers are bigger, and not as separated at their base, flower stems are longer, leaves 3-lobed (not 5) and greener. The stems and leaves are felted when young.

Flowers. May-July

Flower. Solitary, pink to purplish. Short stalked. The epicalyx lobes are oval and slightly shorter than the sepals.

Leaves. Usually 5-lobed.

Habitat. Edges of fields, rivers and streams; hedgerows and damp places.
Some in Beyond (mosty in gardens), but more towards Italy and the eastern Mediterranean. Our botanist friend tells us the local area nuseries sell lavatera Turingiaca labeled as "Lavatera olbia".

Pod. Nutlets are hairy or bristly.

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