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Glendale Public Library
Xeriscape Demonstration Garden Information Sheet

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Lavatera maritima
Malvaceae Family

A Mediterranean native that does quite well in the low desert of Phoenix.  It grows into a 6-8' x 4' shrub.  Leaves are maple-like and 2 1/2" across.  Flowers are lavender-pink and appear all summer.  It does have an open habit and if a more compact plant is desired, an occasional hard prune is needed.  It will do quite well in full sun to partial shade.  Deep infrequent irrigations are best.  It is evergreen.


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