PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).
|Malvastrum Syn. Modiolastrum lateritium|
|Rare seeds now available!|
|This lovely plant deserves to be better known! Originating from South America, it is spectacular when given the right conditions. It is happiest growing in a hot, very sunny situation in well-drained soil, where it can be allowed either to creep over the ground or be trained up a brick wall. The leaves are mid-green and lobed - a little like small fig leaves, but hairy. The attractive peach-coloured flowers are about 5 cm across and have a yellow centre surrounded by a salmon-red halo. It makes a good pot plant for a hot patio, where it can be allowed to spill over the edges of containers.|
|Sowing and/or growing instructions|
|Sow seeds at any time of year, but if grown indoors stratification (place the sown pot, sealed in a plastic bag, in a fridge for 4-8 weeks) will aid germination, as will scarification and/or soaking prior to sowing. Germination is likely to be erratic; transplant seedlings as they appear and grow on until large enough to plant out. Quite a trouble-free plant, with the proviso that in colder areas it is wise to mulch and/or take basal cuttings in spring to overwinter indoors. If left in the ground, ensure that the soil is very well drained. To help this it may be advisable to incorporate some grit into the soil before planting.|