Plant ID forum: What the heck is this thing?

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Name: Jen
Mount Holly Springs, PA (Zone 6b)
JenLeigh5482
Jul 13, 2015 6:09 PM CST
This squashish looking plant is growing by our chimney. So far it has no blossoms or blooms, but I don't know what it is and if we should yank it or let it go! Confused
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bamira
Jul 13, 2015 6:14 PM CST
Alcea
maybe rosea ?
https://www.google.cz/search?q=Alcea&biw=1252&bih=602&source... I tip my hat to you.

It has a solid tribe?
It is not climbing?
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Name: Jen
Mount Holly Springs, PA (Zone 6b)
JenLeigh5482
Jul 13, 2015 6:17 PM CST
Those are gorgeous! I would be very happy if that's what it is! It's just odd that there are no blossoms or anything. We moved in at the beginning of June and it has definitely grown since then, but no flowers.
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JRsbugs
Jul 13, 2015 6:25 PM CST
Resembles Malva, perhaps Malva sylvestris. I would leave it until it flowers then you will have a better idea.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=malva+leaves&biw=1440&bih=...

Hollyhock is a good suggestion too.
Name: Jen
Mount Holly Springs, PA (Zone 6b)
JenLeigh5482
Jul 13, 2015 6:31 PM CST
JRsbugs said:Resembles Malva, perhaps Malva sylvestris. I would leave it until it flowers then you will have a better idea.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=malva+leaves&biw=1440&bih=...

Hollyhock was another option we were thinking about. I hope it gets some sort of flower on it, we have several mystery plants around here. The joys of moving into a new (old) home!
Hollyhock is a good suggestion too.



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bamira
Jul 13, 2015 6:34 PM CST
mostly flowers up to the second year, is the multiannual

Malva this is certainly not,
Here are the big leaves, malva has a much smaller and a different shape
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bonitin
Jul 15, 2015 2:23 AM CST
I would also think Malva sylvestris, I've grown the plant and the leaves are quite big..at least the basal leaves..
https://www.google.be/search?q=malva+sylvestris+%2B+leaves&r...
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gardengus
Jul 15, 2015 5:26 AM CST
I agree
Looks like malva to me
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Name: Jen
Mount Holly Springs, PA (Zone 6b)
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Jul 15, 2015 5:45 AM CST
I hope it blooms soon! Those flowers are gorgeous! Thank You!
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kidfishing
Jul 15, 2015 8:28 AM CST
The leaves look to big to be Malva, I would vote Hollyhock.
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plantladylin
Jul 15, 2015 9:05 AM CST
From leaf photo's I've viewed it looks as if Malva has larger leaves than Alcea. For comparison, some of the images in the ATP database show fairly large leaves for Malva sylvestris:
French Hollyhock (Malva sylvestris)
Mallow (Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina')
Mallow (Malva sylvestris 'Windsor Castle')
Mallow (Malva sylvestris 'Mystic Merlin')
Mallow (Malva sylvestris 'Brave Heart')
Mallow (Malva sylvestris var. mauritiana 'Bibor Felho')
Good leaf photos for Malva sylvestris also if you scorll down this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malva_sylvestris

Images in the ATP database also shows some Alcea with large leaves but they don't appear to be quite as large as Malva leaves:
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Summer Carnival Rosy Red')
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Majorette')
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Scarlet O'Hara')
Images of Common Hollyhock (Alcea rosea): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcea_rosea
Alcea: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcea
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Name: Jen
Mount Holly Springs, PA (Zone 6b)
JenLeigh5482
Jul 15, 2015 8:01 PM CST
plantladylin said:From leaf photo's I've viewed it looks as if Malva has larger leaves than Alcea. For comparison, some of the images in the ATP database show fairly large leaves for Malva sylvestris:
French Hollyhock (Malva sylvestris)
Mallow (Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina')
http://garden.org/plants
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Mallow (Malva sylvestris 'Mystic Merlin')
Mallow (Malva sylvestris 'Brave Heart')
Mallow (Malva sylvestris var. mauritiana 'Bibor Felho')
Good leaf photos for Malva sylvestris also if you scorll down this page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malva_sylvestris

Images in the ATP database also shows some Alcea with large leaves but they don't appear to be quite as large as Malva leaves:
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Summer Carnival Rosy Red')
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Majorette')
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea 'Scarlet O'Hara')
Images of Common Hollyhock (Alcea rosea): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcea_rosea
Alcea: ]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcea


Some of the leaves are bigger than my hand, probably 7 inches or so across. There aren't any blossoms or anything on the plant at all and I'm getting impatient! Whistling

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