Giant Among Wildflowers

Most wild flora tend to be low-lying; with the comparative lack of resources and nutrients forcing such economies on them.  Not the tree mallow (hobbejza tas-sigra), however.

Although it makes its home in dry rock sites or disturbed places, it can still reach two metres in height.  It produces a rich bush of rather large (up to twenty centimetres) velvety leaves and topped by a crown of small purple flowers.

Botanical Name: Lavatera Arborea
Common name: Tree Mallow (English) Hobbejza tas-Sigra (Maltese)
Family:  Malvaceae (Mallow family)


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