Beautiful, but what is it?

rubydue(5a N.S. Can.)May 21, 2004

Last summer I saw this lovely flower growing wild. It has a root that is similar to a Parsnip but much bigger. The flower petal is somewhat fringed and it sits atop a very long stem. I have the pictures from last year. I dug them up and planted them in my yard. I am hoping they do well.

http://groups.msn.com/ASquareFootGardening/rubyduesgarden2004.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=897

http://groups.msn.com/ASquareFootGardening/rubyduesgarden2004.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=898

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abgardeneer(Z3, Calgary)

It's a malva of some kind.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2004 at 9:40AM
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cailinriley(z3 Calgary AB)

I agree that it looks like a malva. I had a plant that looks very similar (malva moschata aka musk mallow). Actually, I still have it, since I've tried but I can't get rid of it. The flowers are lovely, but it self-seeds all over the garden. So, beware!

    Bookmark   May 21, 2004 at 10:43PM
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rubydue(5a N.S. Can.)

Thank you very much. ":-)

    Bookmark   May 22, 2004 at 6:29AM
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Treaty(z5 Niagara Fall)

I did the same thing you did when I lived in Nova Scotia. I went into the wild and dug one up and transplanted it to my garden. I used to know the name but I blieve it is commonly refered to a pink mallow.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2004 at 7:50PM
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rubydue(5a N.S. Can.)

Hello Treaty ":-)

It is still hard to believe it is a wild flower. Since I transplanted it a couple of weeks ago it finally appears to be taking off.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2004 at 7:37AM
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sheryl_ontario(Muncho Lake, BC z2)

It is malva moschata. You can buy it here at most garden centers. Its a perennial but reseeds prolifically and so often grows in the wild as well. It comes in white, too. I have a book that says its edible and great in salad with more vit A than spinach. I've grown it for years and I love it. If its not in full sun, it falls over, though, and needs a peony ring.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2004 at 6:36AM
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shapiro(5a Ontario)

We have Malva moschata "Mauritania" which is deep purple-pink, and Malva Moschata "Zebrina" pale pink with thin purple stripes. We also have the regular pink and the regular white. The first two are annuals, but you would never know it since they reseed and are always in the garden. In fact, it is good in the spring to thin them so they do better.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2004 at 10:01PM
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rubydue(5a N.S. Can.)

Thank you sherry and Shapiro ":-)

I found a whole website on the species would you like to see it?

Here is a link that might be useful: Malvaceae Information and pics

    Bookmark   July 18, 2004 at 5:07AM
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lavateraguy(UK)

I found this thread while checking my web access logs. Apart from the gallery to which rubydue posted a link, I have a detailed description of Malva moschata alba. (Material on the wild type in prep.)

'Zebrina' is a cultivar of Malva sylvestris. The botanists don't (usually) recognise mauritiana as a variety or subspecies of Malva sylvestris any more, but seed of that type is still sold in horticulture; I refer to it as Malva sylvestris Mauritiana group.

The species is supposed to be a biennial or perennial, but I found cultivar 'Braveheart' to behave like an annual. I'm growing 'Zebrina' this year so I'll find out whether this perennates.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2004 at 2:45AM
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rubydue(5a N.S. Can.)

You have an awesome website Mr.Hinsley ":-)

    Bookmark   July 20, 2004 at 5:01AM
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