A handsome shrub, from five to ten feet high, woody below, with long, slender, wandlike branches and thick, very downy, light bluish-green leaves. The pretty lilac-pink flowers are from one to nearly two inches across and pleasantly scented, and the foliage is soft and pretty in appearance, though rather harsh to the touch, its pale tones blending harmoniously with the delicate blossoms. This is common in southern California.

There are several kinds of Lavatera, mostly from the Old World.

Tree Mallow Lavatera assurqenti flora. FalseMallow Malvastrum Thurberi

Tree Mallow-Lavatera assurqenti-flora. FalseMallow-Malvastrum Thurberi. ST. JOHN'S-WORT FAMILY. Hypericaceae.