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Plant Identification: SOLVED: Zebrina, or ???

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Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)

August 4, 2002
6:18 PM

Post #38652

I emailed the contributor of this photo: and she said the plant tag from the nursery definitely said 'Zebrina'. But the Malva 'Zebrina' that I've seen is different in flower color and leaf shape.

Any ideas? We'd like to get it properly ID'd if possible - the entry is just kind of hanging there until we do.
Grove City, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2002
6:31 PM

Post #319324

Vols, this doesn't look anything like my Zebrina. Mine has the purple stripes all along each petal as the description says. Leaves are very simlar to fig-leaf hollyhock. The flowers on this photo look like hardy geraniums, but I am no expert on that!

Sometimes tags in nurseries are incorrect for a lot of different reasons; staff try to be alert to problems like this, but mistakes can happen. I once got a plant labeled "flax": turned out to be baby's breath! I was so new to gardening at the time I didn' know until it bloomed 3 years later!

August 4, 2002
6:33 PM

Post #319325

It's another Malva moscheutos - Musk Mallow in my book!

Grove City, OH
(Zone 6a)

August 4, 2002
6:46 PM

Post #319335

Wow, my malva moscheutas (swamp mallow) doesn't look anything like the one in the photo! Maybe mine was mis-labeled too! I better go research...
Spicewood, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 4, 2002
10:42 PM

Post #319446

Vols, I did a quick image search for "malva zebrina", and all of the ones I found were the dark-centered ones:
Belfield, ND
(Zone 4a)

August 4, 2002
11:10 PM

Post #319451

Looks like my malva moschatus.

August 5, 2002
5:28 AM

Post #319659

That's definitely Musk Mallow.

Here's the Zebrina:

High Desert, CA
(Zone 8a)

August 5, 2002
6:10 AM

Post #319669

Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina’... ,


Murfreesboro, TN
(Zone 7a)

August 5, 2002
12:19 PM

Post #319721

Okay, I was reasonably confident when I posted that it wasn't 'Zebrina' and now I'm convinced :)

So now the question is - can we say with certainty that it is Malva moscheutos? And any hunches on the specific variety?

August 5, 2002
10:47 PM

Post #320095

It's too hard to tell from the pic Vols, the flowers look very pale but that could just be a natural variation or the sun was very bright.

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