Plant ID forum: Type of Rose Mallow - but cannot figure out which

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Royal Oaks, California (Zone 9a)
Jul 15, 2017 4:34 PM CST
This beautiful mallow has grown over four feet wide and about three feet wide. The hummingbirds and bees love it. And it has not stopped growing for two years now. Nothing froze here last winter due to all of the wonderful rain California needed so badly. Zone 9b, six miles from central coast. Came is a one dollar box of "wild flowers." And was the only thing that came up. I want to keep growing it, but need a better id. Would like to add photos to database once it's true identity is confirmed. I do not think it is Lavatera trimestris and this one is not listed in the database: Malva sylvestris
Please not the blue tinge at the base of each petal.
Thanks! Thank You!
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Name: Janine
NE Connecticut (Zone 6a)
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Jul 15, 2017 7:37 PM CST
It looks like Malope trifida, but that's an annual.
Royal Oaks, California (Zone 9a)
Jul 16, 2017 10:15 AM CST
I was hoping you were right janinilulu, but then I looked in the plant database and saw the photo of the leaf. The leaves of mine have pointed edges, more like a hibiscus. Thanks!
Royal Oaks, California (Zone 9a)
Jul 16, 2017 10:37 AM CST
I am more certain now that it is a form of native hibiscus. And I found this interesting quote in my search for a native red hibiscus with a blue center:
"Do you know the story of the fabulous hardy Hibiscus Hybrids? They're part of a confusing group of plants called Hibiscus, rose mallow, althea, rose of sharon, giant mallow, swamp mallow and other things, but forget all that, these are mid-size hibiscus shrubs created from some of our most beautiful North American wildflowers."
And after viewing thousands of images via google, I still haven't found one with my blue center!
The search continues...
Royal Oaks, California (Zone 9a)
Jul 16, 2017 3:52 PM CST
I took a couple more photos, one showing the seed pods, and one with a better view of the leaves.
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