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PlantFiles: Musk Mallow
Malva moschata f. alba

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

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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:
White/Near White

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


Other details:
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:
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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

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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

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

Positive Weezingreens 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.


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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