Hollyhock Mallow
Malva alcea

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malva (MAL-vuh) (Info)
Species: alcea (al-KEE-uh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

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

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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 pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Aurora, Colorado

Old Lyme, Connecticut

Winsted, Connecticut

Huntley, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Chesterton, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Sioux City, Iowa

Tyngsboro, Massachusetts

Claremont, New Hampshire

Bridgehampton, New York

Greenlawn, New York

Cleveland, Ohio

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

West Dummerston, Vermont

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
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Positive

On Feb 28, 2012, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Doesn't seed itself as freely as some other Malvas. Very pretty flower. Blooms June-October in my garden.

Positive

On Aug 7, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Makes a nice cut flower. Once it starts going to seed, though, you either have lots of brown pods spoiling the looks or a hacked back plant, which isn't real attractive either. But it's so awesome in bloom (I love that shell pink) we'll forgive its shortcomings.

Neutral

On Mar 18, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Hollyhock mallow is a bushy perennial, with slightly downy foliage and grows 2-3 feet tall. From mid-summer on it produces pale pink or white flowers 2-inches across. Plants tend to be short lived and may die out after 3 or 4 years in the garden but it often leaves behind self sown seedlings that can be lifted and relocated. Plants prefer well-drained soil in full sun but in hot climates afternoon shade is recommended.