Mallow, French Hollyhock
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)

Category:

Biennials

Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 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:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Rose/Mauve

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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.