Musk Mallow
Malva moschata

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malva (MAL-vuh) (Info)
Species: moschata (MOSS-kuh-ta) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Huntley, Illinois

Oakland, Maryland

Ironwood, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Columbia Station, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania

Kalama, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Pulaski, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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2
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0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Feb 7, 2007, Bellisgirl from Spokane, WA wrote:

Ive had this plant for four years. It has beautiful papery white flowers in the summer, and will rebloom later twards the fall if deadheaded. It is a prolific re-seeder, but I love it so much I dont mind pulling up any unwanted seedlings.

Neutral

On Jan 15, 2005, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Seeds germinate quickly and easily. May be started in a cold frame. Easy to grow.

Tea can be made from the leaves, although it has been used in the past as a diuretic and a laxative.

Neutral

On Apr 18, 2004, Ulrich from Manhattan Beach, CA (Zone 11) wrote:

It is interesting to note that the basal leaves of Malva moschata are different to the upper leaves, the lower being rounded, the upper being linear.

Positive

On Sep 5, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Malva Mochata is one of the few malvas that winter over in our SouthCentral Alaskan climate. The large, simply-formed flowers bloom profusely during the mid-summer and into the late fall. These plants self-seed readily.