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Lavatera trimestris is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.75 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of materials.
Europe - Mediterranean.
Sandy areas, mainly by the sea.
An easily grown plant, succeeding in any ordinary garden soil[
]. Prefers a light well-drained moderately fertile soil in full sun[
]. A soil that is too rich encourages foliar growth at the expense of flowering[
]. Tolerates maritime exposure[
]. Succeeds in dry soils. Plants are moderately fast-growing[
A very ornamental plant[
]. The cut flowers last a long time in water[
A good bee plant[
Young leaves - cooked[
The seed contains up to 11.7% oil. It is greenish coloured with an iodine value of 120.9[
]. The uses of this oil are not given, it is exceedingly unlikely to be poisonous and is therefore probably edible[
Seed - sow in situ in the spring[
]. Germination should take place within a few weeks.