Musk Mallow
Malva moschata f. alba

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malva (MAL-vuh) (Info)
Species: moschata f. alba

Category:

Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:

Fairfield, California

Littleton, Colorado

Fishers, Indiana

Massena, New York

Lima, Ohio

Langley, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Porterfield, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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0
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1
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RatingContent
Positive

On Oct 17, 2003, Legit from Porterfield, WI (Zone 4b) wrote:

This plant is one of the staples of my Cottage Garden. It is carefree and requires no maintenance. It reseeds itself but not as freely as the pink variety. Excellent, but not for the person who can't handle volunteers! Legit

Negative

On Feb 2, 2003, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Did not do well in part shade... grew spindley and floppy.

Positive

On Nov 24, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Malva moschata is a very successful perennial in our northern climate. I first started my M. moschata alba from seed in the spring of 2000, and by 2002 it flowered profusely and reached a height of about 2 ft. Sometimes the blooms take on a pinkish tinge that, I think, can be attributed to our cooler weather. It self-seeded in the bed, as well, & one of its volunteers produced blooms the first year.