Answer: Sounds as though you've discovered the virtues of Malva alcea or Malva sylvestris. One is perennial, the other biennial, meaning it will bloom the second year from seed. You can save the seeds, or allow the plants to self-sow in their garden bed. These plants are related to hollyhocks and are easy to grow in full sunshine and average soil with regular summer watering. You can expect the plants to grow 2'-3' tall and produce a profusion of 2" wide flowers all summer long. Enjoy!
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