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PlantFiles: Pink Musk Mallow
Malva moschata 'Rosea'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malva (MAL-vuh) (Info)
Species: moschata (MOSS-kuh-ta) (Info)
Cultivar: Rosea

8 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Dirt_Lover On May 13, 2011, Dirt_Lover from Gainesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I wintersowed mine last winter and the plants stayed very small the first year. This Spring I noticed that most had come back and were looking healthy so I transplanted them in various locations and they're all looking good. Once they start getting the leaves on them that are more divided and less round they are getting ready to take off. I adore this plant and will be looking to save seeds so I can have more. Lovely!

Positive jamie68 On Jul 11, 2005, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds....and gardeners who love easy, pretty plants...:) The first year it is a nice small plant....the second year it is a 3-4 ft by 2-3 ft mass of blooms. Very finely dissected foliage, and soft, true pink flowers by the hundreds on a mature specimen.....Beautiful!!

Positive juneberry On Aug 13, 2003, juneberry from Newland, NC wrote:

bright flowers , grows wild & fairly competitive ,nice plant


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

Evergreen, Colorado
Gainesville, Georgia
Webberville, Michigan
Jersey City, New Jersey
Newland, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Columbus, Ohio
Kintnersville, Pennsylvania
Kalama, Washington
Lakewood, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Porterfield, Wisconsin

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