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Malva sylvestris (Common Mallow)

Common Mallow, Cheese Cakes, Cheese Flower, Cheeses, High Mallow, Hock, Hock Herb, Marsh Mallow, Mauls, Maws, Round Dock, Tall Mallow


Malva sylvestris (Common Mallow) is an erect, bushy, biennal or perennial boasting attractive flower spikes adorned with 5-petaled, bright rose-purple flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), with darker stripes. Blooming from summer to fall, the showy flowers are arranged singly or in clusters of 3-5 blossoms in the leaf axils. They are visited by many insects, especially bees for pollen. The leaves stand on long hairy footstalks, and are divided into 5-9 shallow lobes. Widespread throughout most of Britain and Ireland, Common Mallow is perfect for cottage or wildflower gardens.

  • Grows up to 2-4 ft. high (60-120 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm). Will self-seed in the garden if happy.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Best flower color is obtained in full sun.
  • Easy to grow, Common Mallow is a welcomed addition to beds and borders, cottage gardens and wildflower meadows.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Keep an eye out for hollyhock rust.
  • Propagate by seed
  • Native to Europe, western Asia and northern Africa

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 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
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Malva - Mallows
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom
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 4 – 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
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Malva - Mallows
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 4' (60cm – 120cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United Kingdom
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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