Mallow

1 Mar

Mallow (Malva), 1 to 4 feet, purple, pink or white flowers summer to fall, best in full sun, drought tolerant, self seeding.

From Europe, but 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. Bloom from summer to fall. Easy to grow; need good drainage, average soil. Grow from seed; usually bloom first year. Use in perennial borders or for a quick tall edging. Not long lived.

Malva alcea

Perennial. To 4 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide; upper leaves deeply divided. Saucer-shaped pink flowers to 2 in. wide.

 

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