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tree mallow

a malvaceous treelike plant, Lavatera arborea, of rocky coastal areas of Europe and N Africa, having a woody stem, rounded leaves, and red-purple flowers
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(Lavatera arborea), biennial, herbaceous plant, of the hibiscus, or mallow, family (Malvaceae), native to Europe. It grows 1.2-3 metres (4-10 feet) tall and bears downy, lobed leaves 10-25 cm (4-10 inches) long. Purplish-red flowers about 5 cm (2 inches) wide are borne in profuse, leafy clusters. The cultivated variety L. arborea variegata has white-mottled leaves.

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