This section is from the book "The Botanical Magazine; Or, Flower-Garden Displayed", by William Curtis. Also available from Amazon: The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden Displayed, Volume I.
Lavatera Trimestris. Annual Lavatera.
Calyx duplex: exterior 3-fidus. Arilli plurimi, monospermi.
LAVATERA trimestris caule scabro herbaceo, foliis glabris, pedunculis unifloris, fructibus orbiculo tectis. Linn. Sp. Pl. 974. Hort. Kew. v. 2. p. 452.
LAVATERA (althaeaefolia) foliis infimis cordato-orbiculatis, caulinis trilobis acuminatis glabris, pedunculis unifloris, caule herbaceo. Miller's Gard. Dict. ed. 6. 4to.
MALVA folio vario. Bauh. Pin. 315.
MALVA Hispanica flore carneo amplo.
The Spanish blush Mallow. Park. Parad. p. 366.
Our plant is undoubtedly the Spanish blush Mallow of Parkinson, and the Lavatera althaeaefolia of Miller according to the former, it is a native of Spain, according to the latter, of Syria.
Mr. Miller considers it as distinct from the trimestris; Mr. Aiton has no althaeaefolia in his Hort. Kew. we are therefore to conclude that the althaeaefolia of Miller, and the trimestris of Linneus are one and the same species.
Of the annuals commonly raised in our gardens, this is one of the most shewy, as well as the most easily cultivated; its seeds are to be sown in March, on the borders where they are to remain, the plants, thinned as they come up, and kept clear of weeds.
It varies with white blossoms, and flowers from July to September.