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Malva moschata (Musk Mallow)

Musk Mallow


Malva moschata (Musk Mallow) is an upright, branching perennial boasting musk-scented, pale pink saucer-shaped flowers, 2.5 in. across (6 cm), over a long bloom period. Blooming in succession from early summer to fall, the showy flowers are arranged singly or in clusters in the leaf axils. They are visited by many insects and butterflies. The finely cut foliage is also musk-scented, particularly when crushed or brushed against. Musk Mallow is perfect for cottage or wildflower gardens.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. high (60-90 cm) and 18-24 in. wide (45-60 cm). Will self-seed in the garden if happy.
  • Performs best in full sun, in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Generally dislikes hot and humid summers.
  • Easy to grow, Musk Mallow is a welcomed addition to beds and borders, cottage gardens and wildflower meadows.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Keep an eye out for rust or leaf spot.
  • Remove spent flowers to encourage continued bloom.
  • Propagate by seed or basal cuttings
  • Native to Europe and Northern Africa. Malva moschata can be considered an invasive species in locations with temperate climates.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Malva - Mallows
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Malva - Mallows
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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