MALLOW

FAMILY: Malvaceae | GENUS: MALVA

TYPE
  • Biennials
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

From Europe; naturalized in U.S. These plants are related to and somewhat resemble hollyhock (Alcea), but they are bushier, with smaller, roundish to heart-shaped leaves. They are easy to grow from seed and usually bloom the first year. Need good drainage, average soil. Use in perennial borders or for a quick tall edging. Not long lived.

malva alcea

  • Perennial.
  • To 4 feet tall, 2 feet wide; upper leaves deeply divided.
  • Saucer-shaped, pink flowers to 2 inches wide appear from late spring to fall.
  • Subject to root rot in hot, wet weather.
  • The most widely available variety is Malva a.
  • fastigiata; it is narrower than the species.
  • Resists deer.

musk mallow

malva moschata

  • Perennial.
  • Erect, branching plant to 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide.
  • Finely cut leaves; pink or white flowers to 1 inches wide or somewhat wider, summer to fall.
  • Entire plant emits a mildly musky odor if brushed against or bruised.
  • Named selections are more frequently grown than the species.
  • Rosea has pink blossoms; 'Alba' is shorter than the species (to 2 feet tall) and bears white flowers.

french hollyhock

malva sylvestris

  • Perennial or biennial.
  • Easy-to-grow plant with erect, bushy growth to 24 feet tall, 2 feet wide.
  • Flowers are 2 inches across and appear throughout summer, often right up until frost.
  • Reseeds; often seen in older gardens of the Lower South.
  • Common selection 'Zebrina' (often sold as Malva zebrina) has blossoms in pale lavender-pink with pronounced deep purple veining.
  • Marina bears light blue blossoms; 'Mauritiana' has deep lavender-pink, often semidouble flowers with dark purple veining.
  • Resists deer.

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