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Malvastrum lateritium

This herbaceous climbing plant dies back to its rootstock each winter, it climbs by the use of aerial roots on the stem (by which it can also root into the ground - like strawberries) the flowers are a peachy pink and have a prominent central boss of stamens. Few plants in my garden are as likely to stop people in their tracks as this one. The fact that so few people know Malvastrum lateritium is a puzzle, it has never been damaged here in 18 years despite some cold spells down to -8c or below. Flowers best in places that get a lot of sun and heat up.

 

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