Herbs, biennial or perennial, or subshrubs, 1–3 m, stellate-tomentose. Stems erect, base usually woody. Leaves: stipules deciduous, ovate, 4–5 × 2–3 mm, papery, apex acute to obtuse, sparsely stellate-hairy and ciliate; petiole longer than blade; blade rounded, shallowly and unequally 5–7(–9)-lobed (lobes obtuse), 5–20 × 5–20 cm, base cordate, margins crenate, apex obtuse to rounded, surfaces densely soft stellate-hairy especially abaxially. Inflorescences axillary, flowers in fascicles. Pedicels jointed distally, 0.5–1 cm, not much longer in fruit; involucellar bractlets connate in proximal 1/3, adnate to calyx, lobes broadly ovate to round, 8 × 5–6 mm, longer than calyx, margins entire, apex acute or obtuse, surfaces stellate-hairy. Flowers: calyx 3–4 mm, not much enlarged in fruit, densely stellate-canescent; petals rose to lavender with 5 darker veins, dark purple basally, 15–20 mm, length 4–5 times calyx, apex emarginate; staminal column 8–10 mm, glabrous proximally, stellate-hairy distally; anthers purplish; style (6–)8(or 9)-branched; stigmas (6–)8(or 9). Schizocarps 8–10 mm diam.; mericarps (6–)8(or 9), 4–5 mm, margins sharp-angled, apical surface and sides ridged, surfaces glabrous or hairy. Seeds dark brown, 3 mm. 2n = 36, 40, 42, 44.
Lavatera potiùs pro Malvarum sectione, quàm pro genere diverso haberi debet. Sectionem interea Candolleanam, Anthemam, Malvis charactere nullius momenti, bracteolis scilicet ad basin inter se leviter coalitis, artificialiter disjunctam, post sectionem Strongyliam, cui mirè consimilis, admisimus. A Malvà tollendae Chrysanthae, spicatae, aliaeque exoticae, longiùs facie et forma ab Europeis quàm Lavaterae ipsae decedentes. Lavaterae enim summa est affinitas, et naturalis quaedam habitus et stationis cum Malvis rotundifoliis cognatio. Haec tamen, dùm exoriatur Cavanillesius alter, qui totam de novo aptiùsque disponat familiam, nobis praeter-mittenda.
Glabrescent, thick-stemmed annual or short-lived perennial to 2 m. Leaves velvety, 3-5-lobed, toothed. Flowers in axillary clusters, mauve, epicalyx cup-shaped and 3-lobed, accrescent in fruit.
Annual, biennial or perennial herb, up to 2 m high; stellately pubescent. Leaves with blade orbicular, up to 90 x 120 mm, margins 5-7-lobed. Flowers: in clusters, 2-7-flowered; epicalyx segments fused at base, longer than sepals, broadly ovate, 8-10 mm long, apices obtuse, strongly accrescent in fruit; sepals ± 4 mm long; petals 15-20 mm long, dark pink to lilac with purple veins at base; Oct.-Jan. Fruit with 6-8 mericarps, mericarps ridged.
Glabrescent, thick-stemmed annual or short-lived perennial, up to 2 m tall. Leaves velvety, 3-5-lobed, toothed. Flowers in axillary clusters, mauve, epicalyx cup-shaped and 3-lobed, becoming enlarged in fruit.
Eurasian weed on western and southern coastal belt.