Family, Mallow. Color, reddish purple or deep crimson. Calyx, of 5 sepals with an underlying involucre of 3 bractlets. Corolla of 5 large, notched petals, three times the length of the calyx. Stamens and styles much like the last. Fruit, a ring of blunt, roundish, wrinkled, veiny, 1-sided carpels. Flowers, in axillary clusters, on slender pedicels. Leaves, 5 to 7-lobed, sharply toothed, kidney-shaped, square at base. Stem, 2 to 3 feet high. Summer.
A wayside plant, also found in old gardens, common.