Lavatera olbia Fr: Lavatera olbia
A laxly branched shrub, to 2 m (at least; ours was about 2.5 m high).
Like L. olbia except: flowers are bigger, and not as separated at their base, flower stems are longer, leaves 3-lobed (not 5) and greener. The stems and leaves are felted when young
Although this is found along the western Mediterranean, it's really a local plant: "olbia" is the old name for Hyères. L. olbia is widely grown in gardens.
Tall. Very Tall
Flower. Solitary, pink to purplish. Short stalked. The epicalyx lobes are oval and slightly shorter than the sepals. There's a clear gap at the base of the petals.
Leaves. Variable; lower usually 3-lobed; upper oblong to lanceolate, often slightly 3-lobed.
Habitat. Edges of fields, rivers and streams; hedgerows and damp places. Many along ditches and the sides of small roads in the Var department (usually smaller that 2 m).
Pod. Nutlets are hairy or bristly.