Height: 3' (1m) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: Pink ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Dilleniidae (Dillenia Superorder) Order: Malvales (Mallow Order) Family: Malvaceae (Mallow Family) Genus: Malope (Mallow) Species: trifida (with three parts) ____________________________________
Malope trifida is an annual growing to about 3', sometimes bushy, sometimes with almost unbranched stems, and lobed leaves. The flowers are the usual mallow shape, but there are some features which make it easier to identify this species. The petals do not join at the base, showing a green star of calyx at the centre of the flowers, and there are three sepals under the flower, later enclosing the seedpod.
There are several named forms, and I think the photograph is 'Vulcan'. The deep magenta lined petals are thin, but satiny, with substance.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
The seeds are inside the folded pointed calyx.
The seeds are pointed, grooved woody drops with a notch. There are many seeds in a seedpod.
The seedleaves are heart-shaped. The first true leaves are crinkled.
Seed sowing and Germination
Spring: Seeds sown inside or outside in spring germinated in 4-6 days.
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