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: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Pink White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Foliage: Herbaceous Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
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
I grew this plant for years and took it with me when I moved. Two years ago, I found out that it was infected with "rust". For fear it might contaminate other plants, I dug it up and put it in the trash; I was careful to remove all the seedlings. Now I am sorry I did not keep a few seeds, to grow it along the neighbor's fence.
All I have are seedlings of Malva Magic Merlin, some more blue than the original plant, some more red, and some like the original. But this Malva is more invasive than the original "fastigiata".
On Aug 5, 2006, ladygardener1 from Near Lake Erie, NW, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I have been growing this plant for 3 years and every year the leaves have been eaten by an army of small green worms, I don't use chemicals in my garden, so this is an undesirable plant in the sitting area where I can see it every day. I plan on moving it to an another area hopeing that the birds might benefit feasting on the worms that enjoy this plant.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Chicago, Illinois Fishers, Indiana Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts Pinconning, Michigan Golden Valley, Minnesota Reno, Nevada Hudson, New Hampshire North Tonawanda, New York Columbia Station, Ohio Highland Heights, Ohio Salem, Oregon Albion, Pennsylvania Grapeville, Pennsylvania South Kingstown, Rhode Island Columbia, South Carolina Kalama, Washington