Greater musk-mallow, Malva alcea, is a perennial herb. It grows in the woodlands, on slopes on shores, along roads and on disused railway lines, as it prefers full sun. The rose petal is recognizable on its large rosy flowers, most often sitting individually or getting together and the five petals forming elegant rhizome-like flowers.
The plant has a long autumn season. The Chinese population have used Greater musk-mallow as a medicinal plant for 5000 years and the Bible tells how Moses healed fever with tea from Malva.
The Greater musk-mallow blooms from July to September.