flower name. - Knowledgebase Question

Boston, MA (Zone 6A)
Question by anonis
June 27, 2005
I am trying to figure out the name of a flower that is in the Hibiscus family, It starts with the letter M. I see these everywhere and I wanted to learn how to care for it, sun exposure, etc.

Answer from NGA
June 27, 2005


Hibiscus is in the Malvaceae (mallow) plant family. This includes flowering maple (Abutilon), hollyhock (Alcea), Hibiscus, mallow (Malva), and checkerbloom (Sidalcea). You're probably seeing mallow in gardens everywhere. This is an easy to grow perennial or biennial plant, doing best in full sunshine with regular irrigation. The plants grow 2-4' in height and width, with roundish or heart-shaped leaves and hibiscuslike flowers in white, pink, or lavender pink. If you keep the spent flowers pruned off, this plant will bloom until first frost. The tops die down in the winter, but the roots send up fresh new stems in the late spring.

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