What is called annual lavatera or annual mallow corresponds to particularly floriferous cultivars of Malva trimestris. Originally from around the Mediterranean where it can grow naturally in the fields, Malva trimestris looks a lot like the wood mallow (Malva sylvestris) as well as the perennial shrub lavatera. It has a bushy shape and its pink flowers, with minutely ribbed silky petals, are a pleasure for the eyes.
Latin name: Lavatera trimestris * now Malva trimestris
Common names: Lavatère, Annual Mallow
English: Lavatera, annual mallow