A useful herbaceous perennial and native to Europe.
The foliage is finely lobed and possesses the
elegance of some ferns.
The stems reach a height of two to three feet
and are branching, bearing five-petalled flowers,
one to one and a half inches across, of rose;
the calyx is hairy.
There is also a white-flowered from that is considered
by many gardeners to be the most desirable of
the species and is slightly musk-scented.
These old garden plants may be seen growing wild
at the side of roads and are easily cultivated
in gardens, requiring no special cultivation but
giving the best result in sun or partial shade.
There are other species, including the beautiful
dwarf Malva campanulata, with lilac bell-shaped
flowers and suitable only for the most favoured
The Poppy Mallow, Callirhoë papaver, a plant
of the same species with bright pink flowers,
grows well in rich sandy loam.
Propagation is by means of seed sown in cold frames
in March and planted out in May.
The flowering season is in summer.
See also : Mallow ,