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PlantFiles: Creeping Mallow
Malvastrum lateritium

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malvastrum (MAL-vas-trum) (Info)
Species: lateritium (la-ter-ee-TEE-um) (Info)

Alpines and Rock Gardens

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Scarify seed before sowing
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive peejay12 On Jun 10, 2012, peejay12 from Porthleven, Helston, Cornwall
United Kingdom (Zone 9b) wrote:

Since I wrote this article my plant has grown to seven feet across and is covered in hundreds of flowers, and I've changed my rating to positive. Most photos don't do it justice.

I first grew this plant from seed. Seed germinates readily and seedlings soon reach planting size. If grown from seed, different plants show a lot of variation in quality of the flowers. The flowers may range from one and a half to two inches across, from off-white to pale peach pink, some will have a dark reddish 'zoning' and some will not. So a lot of selecting needs to be made, and if you are buying plants make sure you see the flowers first!

At best, the flowers are slightly over 2" across, peach pink, with a feathered dark red zone at the centre. There is a large, prominent 'boss' of yellow stamens at the centre.The plant spreads to four feet across and up to a foot high, and can be made more bushy by careful pruning.

The site and soil conditions may be important because I have seen some plants with very few flowers and others covered. Poor, well-drained soil and lots of sun may be best in dull climates. In mild sunny climates it can be evergreen, but hard frosts may cut the topgrowth right back.

This is not a spectacular plant, but useful as a long flowering evergreen ground cover.
Propagation is easy because the spreading branches root at the leaf nodes.

Also listed under Modiolastrum lateritium.


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


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