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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)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Groundcovers

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Deciduous

Blue-Green

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Porthleven,

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

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... read more