A plant, not unlike the vervain mallow in its aspect, but a native only of the hotter countries. It is two feet high. The stalk is single, round, thick, hairy, and upright. The lower leaves are roundish, only indented little at the edges; the upper ones are divided in. live parts, pretty deeply. The flowers are of the shape of those of the common mallow, and are large, but their colour is yellow. The seed is contained in a long husk, or case, and is of a kidney-like shape, and of a sweet perfumed smell.
The seed is the only part use and that very rarely. It is said to be good against the head-ach, but we seldom meet with it fresh enough to have any virtue.