Lavatera (Lavatera cachemiriana)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Lavatera
Lavatera cachemiriana
Malvaceae

A strong fibre is obtained from the stems, it is used for making string, bags, paper etc[74].

  • Medicinal Use

    Demulcent, pectoral, purgative[61].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – raw or cooked. A mild flavour, but they are tough and not very worthwhile[K]. When cooked they have a somewhat slimy consistency[K].

    Flowers – raw. Rather bland, but an attractive garnish to a salad[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a cold frame and only just cover the seed[200]. Germination is usually quick and good. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer[K]. Basal cuttings in spring. Cuttings of softwood in June/July[188].
Avery easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil in sun or partial shade[1, 187]. Prefers a light well-drained moderately fertile soil in full sun[200]. A soil that is too rich encourages foliar growth at the expense of flowering[200]. Tolerates maritime exposure[200]. Plants are hardy to about -20¡c[187]. This species is considered by some botanists to be no more than a minor variant of L. thuringiaca[187].
E. Asia – Himalayas from Pakistan to Uttar Pradesh.

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