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Lavatera x clementii Silver Barnsley

Shrubby mallow

A compact form of this much loved plant

A fast growing shrub with upright stems and an open habit. Silver-grey leaves enhance the white-pink tissue paper, hollyhock-like flowers which appear throughout summer and autumn. The blooms have deep pink eyes and are loved by bees. Less vigorous and more compact than ‘Barnsley’ and a great choice for quick results and a very long flowering season.


Plant in full sun in beds and borders. Combines well with herbaceous perennials, lavenders and silver leaved shrubs. Good for coastal gardens.


Any well drained, light fertile soil. Avoid heavy wet soils. Cut back as necessary in late winter. Can be cut right down to basal shoots if necessary.

Related to hollyhock and hibiscus, lavatera flowers are great sources of nectar for bees

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - October
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 150 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Gravel garden, Ideal for walls & trellis & arches & pergolas

Typically available

From May to September