Monday, June 2, 2008
This is one of my favorite annuals, Malva sylvestris, known also as the Zebra mallow or French hollyhock. In warmer climes with mild winters it can sometimes survive as a perennial, but serves as an excellent annual even here in the northeast, reseeding itself from year to year. Obviously related to the larger hollyhock, it usually peaks at 2-3 feet high and blooms profusely over a long period. We've even had some in our roof garden!