Lavatera thuringiaca (Tree Mallow)
Beautiful three-inch, notched pink blooms and soft, downy leaves on four to six feet plants make this Mallow a star in the garden. This pink-blooming Mallow, which is really a shrubby perennial, is native to Eastern Europe and named for 17th Century Zurich physician and naturalist, J. R. Lavater. It is a long bloomer, and if you give it a little extra protection in colder zones, it will be long lived, too. The flowers of this lovely perennial Mallow are similar to Malva, but on a much grander scale. Sun. Zones 6-10, Quarts. (Photo by Franz Xaver (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons).