From Europe; naturalized in the U.S. These plants are related to and somewhat resemble hollyhock (Alcea), but they are bushier, with smaller, roundish to heart-shaped leaves. Bloom from summer to fall. Easy to grow; need good drainage and average soil. Grow from seed; usually bloom the first year. Use in perennial borders or for a quick tall edging. Not long-lived.
Grows to 4 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide; upper leaves are deeply divided. Saucer-shaped pink flowers to 2 in. wide. The most common form is ‘Fastigiata’; it is narrower than the species and looks much like hollyhock.
Erect, branching plant to 3 ft. high and 2 ft. wide. Finely cut leaves; pink or white flowers to 1 in. wide or somewhat wider. Entire plant emits a mild, musky odor if brushed against or bruised. Named selections are more frequently grown than the species. M. m. ‘Rosea’ has pink blossoms; M. m. ‘Alba’ is 2 ft. high and bears white flowers.
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Grows along the shores of southeastern Alaska, south into Canada and parts of the Pacific Northwest an...
Upright grower to 20 ft. tall and wide. Resembles ‘Atropurpureum’, with bronzy purplish le...