This tree mallow flower is a hybrid cultivar of Lavatera assurgentifolia (native to the Channel Islands off California) and Lavatera venosa from off Baja California. I love the elaborate center for its appearance, but this flower is more than just a pretty face – it is a nectar source for the Painted Lady butterfly. (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/8, 1/125 sec., ISO 400, open shade, handheld) Texture (used in background behind flower only) courtesy of Shadowhouse Creations
Top 10 in “October Zinger of the Month” challenge in Zingers (November 2012)
Winner of “Flower Name Starting with ‘M’” challenge in Enchanted Flowers group (October 2012)
Featured in THE GROUP (20 February 2012)
Featured in Absolute Clarity (19 February 2012)
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