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Malva sylvestris subsp. mauritiana 'Bibor Felho'

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Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malva (MAL-vuh) (Info)
Species: sylvestris subsp. mauritiana
Cultivar: Bibor Felho
Additional cultivar information: (aka Purple Cloud)

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Category:
Biennials
Perennials

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Purple

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:
6.6 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
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive mplonsey On Jan 1, 2010, mplonsey from El Cerrito, CA wrote:

This malva is growing in part to full shade, and until this summer was almost completely in the shadow of our towering willow. I can't remember scattering seed for it, but of course I must have... we had one scrawny one about 3 years ago, with several pathetic blooms. It quickly grew a lot of rust, bestowed it on everything else, and died. Last winter seven massively-leafed plants appeared: they grew and grew until now they are five to over nine feet tall, and spread three feet each. They didn't flower all year, and my husband threatened to chop them down, saying they were just weeds, but I pleaded to let them live.
I thought, based on the appearance of the leaves, that they were a wild form of some subspecies of malva and that the blooms would be inconsequential at best, but they make an agreeable windbreak, and here on our East Bay Northern California slopes it's always good to anchor the topsoil before the torrents of rain arrive. At any rate, here it is New Year's day, and there are the purple blossoms, and it seems they are a sort of sylvestris all right, but I have not found reports anywhere that they can grow this tall! Evidently it self-propagates like mad here in hot, clay-soiled, foggy El Cerrito, adores shade and weeping willow mulch, and doesn't care what you think of it.

Positive MalvaFan On Sep 21, 2005, MalvaFan from Morrice, MI wrote:

The color is interesting as most gardeners are familiar with BIbor Felho's cousin Zebrina. I like the long blooming time and the prolific nature of the malvas.

Positive Weezingreens On Aug 30, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Hollyhocks seldom winter over in Seward, Alaska, so they aren't likely to return a second season to bloom. Although the Sylvestris doesn't seem to winter over here, either it is a perennial that blooms the first year, making it a wonder annual for us. It blooms prolifically, and it grows to an impressive height of 6 ft. or more.

Seeds form in a donut shape inside the husks of the spent blooms. Allow to dry on plant and harvest when brown.

Regional...

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

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Bear Creek, Alaska
Martinez, California
Barbourville, Kentucky
Grand Marais, Michigan
Morrice, Michigan
East Port Orchard, Washington
Kalama, Washington



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