|Lavatera mauritanica is an annual with 5 to 7 lobed, round-heart shaped, mid-green leaves. Grown for their showy, racemes of funnel-shaped summer flowers of purple. The mallow does best when grown in light soil that is moderately fertile and well-drained. Sun should be full. Will not tolerate cold, drying winds. For annuals, sow in situ, mid to late spring, biennials in midsummer.