Malva moschata L.

Musk Mallow

Perennial to 1 m tall with hairy stems. Leaves deeply lobed, basal ones with 3 lobes, stem leaves with 3-7 lobes. Epicalyx bracts linear-lanceolate. Flowers 3-5 cm wide with thin short stalks, mauve or white; spring to summer. Fruit downy.

Europe, N Africa

Occasionally grown as a herb or cottage garden plant, sometimes as the white cultivar 'Alba'.

Source: Beers, L.; Spencer, R. (1997). Hibiscus. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Malvaceae
genus        Malva L.