Malva sylvestris (M. erecta, M. mauritiana) Fr: Mauve Sylvestre
Erect or sprawling biennial or perennial with hairy stems, to 1.5 m. Often confused with Lavatera cretica (see below).
Flower. Pink or purple, with dark veins, in clusters of 2 or more, borne separately on long stalks. Petals do not overlap. The epicalyx lobes elliptical and hairy.
Leaves. Large (40 mm long), heart- to kidney-shaped with 3-7 rounded, toothed lobes (see photo 4).
Habitat. Roadsides, waste ground, meadows, cultivated fields; sometimes on coastal rocks or sand dunes.