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Malva sylvestris 'Brave Heart'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malva (MAL-vuh) (Info)
Species: sylvestris (sil-VESS-triss) (Info)
Cultivar: Brave Heart
Additional cultivar information: (aka Braveheart)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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

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3 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jul 1, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

Malva 'Brave Heart' has lavender-mauve flowers with dark purple veins. I think that golddog's picture is the most accurate. The lighter flowers look like Malva 'Zebrina'.

Positive golddog On Oct 13, 2002, golddog from Western, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Will reseed moderately. In situ or NST (no special treatment). Of the Malvaceae family so look for beetles.

Positive Robbin On Sep 4, 2002, Robbin wrote:

I am a butterfly gardener and the larva of painted ladies feed voraciously on this plant. If you plant an excess amount so that not all is devoured, the blooms will also attract the adults. Personally found it able to bloom under 60% shade cloth or full sun.


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

Clayton, California
San Leandro, California
Ewing, Kentucky
Warren, Michigan
La Crescent, Minnesota
Akron, Ohio
Columbia Station, Ohio
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Greenbrier, Tennessee
Kalama, Washington
Sumner, Washington

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