Tree mallows or shrubby mallows are fast growing short-lived perennials that flower in their first year, and develop rapidly in size to form large bushy shrubs. Throughout summer they bear masses of large, open, white to pale pink blooms with a bright red eye. 

Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ has striking soft pink flowers with a darker centre. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

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Grow Lavatera ‘Barnsley’ in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun. Deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering. Mulch annually with well-rotted manure or compost.

How to grow Lavatera 'Barnsley'

  • Plant size

    2m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border


  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December


Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Lavatera 'Barnsley' and wildlife

Lavatera 'Barnsley' is known for attracting bees and other pollinators. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive toBees

Does not attractBeneficial insects

Does not attractBirds

Does not attractButterflies​/​Moths

Attractive toOther pollinators

Is Lavatera 'Barnsley' poisonous?

Lavatera 'Barnsley' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity toBirds

No reported toxicity toCats

No reported toxicity toDogs

No reported toxicity toHorses

No reported toxicity toLivestock

No reported toxicity toPeople

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