Zebrina is an upright, bushy biennial or short-lived, woody perennial with rounded to heart-shaped, lobed, dark green leaves and, from summer into autumn, open, funnel-shaped, lavender flowers with prominent dark purple veins. Zebrinas botanical name is Malva sylvestris Zebrina but is also known as Zebra mallow and Striped mallow. Malva is a genus of herbaceous annual, biennial, and perennial plants in the family Malvaceae (of which it is the type genus), one of several closely related genera in the family to bear the common English name mallow. The genus is widespread throughout the temperate, subtropical and tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Europe. The leaves are alternate, palmately lobed. The flowers are with five pink or white petals. The colour mauve was in 1859 named after the French name for this plant. Known as ebegmeci in Turkish, it is used as vegetable in Turkey in various forms such as stuffing the leaves with bulgur or rice or using the boiled leaves as side dish.
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