Above: Vervain Mallow on the shore of Lake Wingra in Vilas Park in Madison, Wisconsin. (9/05/21).
Vervain Mallow - Malva alcea (Introduced - escaped)
Vervain Mallow is a perennial plant that grows from 1 1/2' - 3' tall. Vervain Mallow likes full to partial sun. It is rare in Wisconsin and is not usually found in Dane County.
Each flower is 1 1/2" - 2 1/2" across, consisting of 5 white to pink petals and 5 light green sepals.
Other Names: Greater musk-mallow, Cut-leaved mallow, Hollyhock mallow.
Above: Vervain Mallow leaves are palmately lobed and are 1 1/2 - 3 1/4" long and similarly across.
Above: Vervain Mallow floral bracts are ovate in shape.
For more information on Vervain Mallow, visit Wikipedia.
Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Vervain Mallow - Malva alcea.
Above: Vervain Mallow on the shore of Lake Wingra in Vilas Park in Madison, Wisconsin (9/10/21).
Above: 1868 Vervain Mallow illustration by Abraham Jacobus Wendel.
Above: 1913 Vervain Mallow illustration.
Above: Vervain Mallow.