Herbs, perennial, 0.3–1.3 m, hairs usually spreading, simple, sometimes stellate-hairy distally. Stems erect to ascending, sparsely hirsute proximally, stellate-hairy distally. Leaves: stipules persistent, linear to narrowly oblong-lanceolate, 3–8 × 2–3 mm; petioles of proximal leaf blades 3 times as long as blade, reduced to 1/2 blade length distally, mid-stem petioles 2 times as long as blade, hairs simple; distal blades usually round to reniform, deeply 5–7-lobed, lobes acutely 2-pinnatifid, 2–6 × 5–6 cm, base deeply cordate, margins irregularly toothed, apex rounded, obtuse, or acute, surfaces glabrous or sparsely hairy, hairs simple or stellate. Inflorescences axillary, flowers solitary or in fascicles, often appearing short-racemose or subumbellate terminally, long-stalked. Pedicels (0.5–)0.8–2.5 cm, to 10–35 cm in fruit, hairs simple; involucellar bractlets distinct, not adnate to calyx, linear to narrowly oblanceolate or elliptic, 5 × 1–1.5 mm, to 7–8 mm in fruit, length 1/2 calyx, margins entire, surfaces glabrous or sparsely hirsute and long-ciliate. Flowers: calyx reticulate-veined, 6–8 mm, to 15 mm in fruit, outer surface hairy, hairs both simple and stellate; petals bright pink to pale purple or white, 20–35 mm, length 2.5–3 times calyx; staminal column 7–8(–10) mm, glabrate; style 11–15-branched; stigmas 11–15. Schizocarps 9–11 mm diam.; mericarps 11–15, black, 1.5–2 mm, apical face and margins rounded, sides thin and papery, smooth, surfaces densely hirsute at least apically. Seeds 1.2–1.5 mm. 2n = 42.
"Erect perennial, 4–10 dm, rough-hairy; lvs orbicular in outline, 5–7-parted, the segments of the upper lvs again deeply pinnatifid; fls partly solitary on long pedicels fromthe upper axils, but chiefly crowded in terminal clusters; bractlets linear to narrowly lanceolate or oblanceolate, ciliate, glabrous or nearly so on the back; pet white to pale purple, triangular, 2–3.5 cm; mature carpels densely hairy, rounded on the back, not rugose; 2n=42. Native of Europe, escaped from cult., along roadsides and in waste places; Que. and N.S. to B.C., s. to Va. and Mo., more common northward. June–Sept."
Ähnlich wie M. alcea, aber Stängel nicht über 60 cm hoch, mit einfachen, abstehenden Haaren. Unterste Blätter oft bis zur Mitte geteilt, Abschnitte der obersten Blätter schmal-bandförmig und tief fiederteilig, Aussenkelchblätter 3–5mal so lang w
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