Lavatera 'Barnsley'

Tree mallow

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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


Lavatera 'Barnsley

Plant details

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).

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.

Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Lavatera

Cultivar: Barnsley

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 200cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: May to July

Flowering period: June to September

Reader reviews


I have bought a Barnsley Baby plant which I have placed in a container whilst I clear a site for planting. I would like to know why the bottom leaves are going yellow. Thank you


I have a very large lavatera which bloomed all summer now its looks dead should I prune it right back if so when?

sandra johnstone

I have had one of these for years getting a bit taller each year. I constantly forget it is there, it is so inconspicuous when not in flower. I have it growing on very sandy soil, in the shade of an apple tree though it gets full sun in the afternoon. Its my little surprise every year at this time.

sandra johnstone

This plant will be bare of flowers and leaves most of the year, which adds to the pleasure when it comes back to life, the leaves in late spring and the buds about June/July. I am in SW Scotland.

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