Lavatera (Lavatera plebeia)

L. plebeja. Sims.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Lavatera plebeia

A strong fibre obtained from the stems is used for making string, bags, paper etc[154, 156].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are used as a poultice[152].

  • Edible Use

    Young leaves – raw or cooked.

    Root – raw or cooked[177]. A parsnip-like consistency[46, 144, 154].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain. In Australian gardens it succeeds in most soils in a warm sunny position. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Easily grown in any ordinary garden soil[1]. 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].
Australia – New South Wales, Victoria.

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