Rose Mallow Lavatera trimestris 'Salmon Beauty' (Beauty Series)

πŸ‘€ Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
πŸͺ Not edible
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tree mallow 'Salmon Beauty'


Lavatera trimestris 'Salmon Beauty', commonly referred to as the annual mallow, is a showy flowering plant that presents a lush and attractive appearance. The plant's main feature is its large, cup-shaped flowers that are predominantly a soft salmon color, often with delicate, subtle gradients that can include shades ranging from pale pink to a rich, warm coral hue. These blooms may also exhibit a slightly darker center, which adds to the depth and allure of each flower. The leaves of the annual mallow are typically a bright green color, contributing to the overall fresh look of the plant. They are slightly lobed, looking somewhat like a softer version of the maple leaf, with a textured surface that is somewhat hairy to the touch. This foliage arrangement creates a dense, verdant backdrop for the striking blossoms. The flowers and leaves grow on sturdy stems that branch off into bushy growth, lending an overall lush and rounded shape to the annual mallow. It is common for these plants to be absolutely covered in blossoms during their peak blooming period, creating an impressive and continuous display of color. The overall visual effect of Lavatera trimestris 'Salmon Beauty' is one of vibrant warmth and inviting beauty, making it a popular choice for ornamental gardens where a touch of soft color is desired.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Annual Mallow, Rose Mallow, Royal Mallow, Regal Mallow

    • Common names

      Lavatera trimestris 'Salmon Beauty'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The common name for Lavatera trimestris is Annual mallow. Typically, Annual mallow is not considered toxic to humans. However, like with any plant, individual sensitivities can occur, so it’s generally advisable to avoid ingesting plant material that is not known to be edible. If ingested in large quantities, it could potentially cause gastrointestinal discomfort or allergic reactions in some individuals. Care should be taken to ensure children do not consume parts of the plant due to the risk of choking or potential unknown reactions.

    • To pets

      The common name for Lavatera trimestris is Annual mallow. Annual mallow is not typically known to be toxic to pets like cats and dogs. Nonetheless, ingestion of non-food plants can sometimes result in gastrointestinal irritation, including symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea. As a precaution, pet owners should prevent their pets from eating this or any decorative plant since individual animals might have unique sensitivities, and consumption of non-dietary vegetation is generally not advisable.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-3 feet (60-90 cm)

    • Spread

      2-3 feet (60-90 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: The "Salmon Beauty" serves as a nectar source for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: This variety, with its salmon-pink flowers, adds vibrant color and visual interest to any garden or landscape.
    • Easy to Grow: It is known for being low-maintenance, making it suitable for beginner gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it has a level of drought resistance, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Fast Growth: The "Salmon Beauty" can quickly reach its full size, offering a speedy solution for empty spaces in the garden.
    • Versatility: It can be used in a variety of garden settings, including borders, beds, and containers.
    • Seasonal Interest: As an annual, it provides a seasonal interest and can be planted to coincide with specific garden designs or themes.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Lavatera can be used as a natural dye, providing a range of pink and salmon hues to fabrics when the flowers are processed correctly.
    • In the garden, Lavatera can act as a trap crop for pests, potentially protecting nearby vegetables or other plants from damage.
    • The fibrous stems of Lavatera can be used in making paper or as a component in craft projects that require organic fibres.
    • It can be incorporated into compost as a green material, contributing to the nitrogen content needed for effective composting.
    • Lavatera can be used for creating floral water or hydrosols which are used for their light fragrance in home aromatherapy.
    • The dried petals of Lavatera can be used in potpourri mixtures to provide a natural fragrance and color to rooms.
    • As part of edible landscaping, though not commonly consumed, the petals of Lavatera can be used as a decorative garnish for salads and desserts.
    • The plant can serve as ground cover in coastal areas, helping to stabilize the soil with its network of roots.
    • Gardeners can use the patterned foliage of Lavatera as a background to create visually appealing contrast in floral photography.
    • Lavatera plants can be used in summer-themed floral arrangements for events, adding a touch of natural beauty with their large, showy flowers.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Tree Mallow is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Tree Mallow is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Feminine beauty: The Lavatera trimestris, commonly known as the Annual Mallow, often symbolizes delicate and gentle feminine beauty, echoing its soft, pastel-colored petals.
    • Sweetness of life: Because of its gorgeous and vibrant flowers, the Annual Mallow is also associated with the joy and sweetness of life, representing the appreciation of life's fleeting pleasures.
    • Protection: Historically, mallows have been used in various cultures as protective charms to ward off evil spirits, which can extend to the symbolism of the Lavatera trimestris.
    • Fertility: The prolific blooming nature of the Annual Mallow can symbolize fertility and abundance, linking it to themes of growth and reproduction.
    • Survival and resilience: Surviving in various climates and adaptable to different soil types, the Annual Mallow represents the human ability to endure and thrive in diverse environments.

Every 1-2 weeks
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Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Annual Mallow, also known as Lavatera trimestris 'Salmon Beauty', requires regular watering to maintain evenly moist soil, especially during hot and dry periods. Water deeply once every week, applying about 1 to 1.5 gallons of water per plant, to encourage a strong root system. During periods of high heat or drought, you may need to increase the frequency to twice per week, but be cautious of overwatering, as this can lead to root rot. It's best to water early in the morning to reduce evaporation and allow the foliage to dry before nightfall, which helps prevent fungal diseases. Adjust the watering schedule as needed based on rainfall, temperature, and soil conditions.

  • sunLight

    Annual Mallow thrives best in full sunlight, which means locating it in a spot where it can receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sun daily. An area that provides morning sunlight and some protection from the intense heat of the late afternoon can be ideal, depending on the climate. Too little light can lead to leggy plants and fewer blooms, so ensure your Annual Mallow does not get shaded by taller plants or structures.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Annual Mallow performs best in temperatures ranging between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. It can tolerate minimum temperatures down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit but for optimal growth, maintaining temperatures within the aforementioned range is ideal. Maximum tolerance is around 85 degrees Fahrenheit before the plant begins to experience stress, potentially resulting in decreased blooming or vitality.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is essential for Annual Mallow to encourage bushier growth and more blooms. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to stimulate new buds and prolong the blooming period. Perform a thorough pruning in late winter or early spring, cutting back the plant to about one-third of its size to promote fresh growth and maintain an attractive shape. Always prune using clean, sharp shears to reduce the risk of disease.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Annual Mallow ('Salmon Beauty') thrives in well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0 to 8.0. A mix of two parts garden soil, one part peat moss, and one part sand or perlite provides optimal conditions for healthy growth and flowering. Regular application of a balanced, slow-release fertilizer will help to keep it flourishing throughout the growing season.

  • plantRepotting

    Annual Mallow ('Salmon Beauty') is typically grown as an annual, so repotting is not normally required. Instead of repotting, plants are usually started anew each spring from seeds.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Annual Mallow ('Salmon Beauty') is tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels and doesn't require any special humidity conditions. It will perform well in the average outdoor humidity found in its growing zones.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and keep soil moderately moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun, ensure good drainage, and water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Lavatera trimestris 'Salmon Beauty', commonly known as the Annual Mallow, begins its life as a seed, which upon germination in early spring, develops into a small seedling with cotyledons. As temperatures rise and conditions become favorable, the seedling grows into a vegetative stage, forming true leaves and stems. In late spring to early summer, the Annual Mallow enters the flowering stage, producing distinctive salmon-pink flowers which attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. Following pollination, the flowers develop into fruit capsules, each containing multiple seeds, thus completing its reproductive stage by late summer or early fall. As an annual plant, it completes its life cycle within one growing season; after seed dispersal, the mature plant dies with the onset of winter. The seeds overwinter and will germinate the next spring to start the cycle anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagation for Lavatera trimestris 'Salmon Beauty', commonly known as Annual Mallow, is through seed sowing. The best time to sow Annual Mallow seeds is during early spring after the risk of frost has passed. To propagate, gardeners should sow the seeds directly into the garden at a depth of about 1/4 inch (about 6 millimeters). Sowing in well-draining soil and placing in a sunny site promotes optimal germination and growth. The seeds typically germinate within two weeks, after which thinning the seedlings to a spacing of about 18 inches (approximately 45 centimeters) will ensure adequate room for growth. Provide regular water and mulch to retain soil moisture and control weeds, which facilitates the healthy development of the plants.