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PlantFiles: Malope
Malope trifida

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malope (MAL-oh-pee) (Info)
Species: trifida (TRY-fee-duh) (Info)

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
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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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive LilyLover_UT On May 12, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

Malope trifida is a nice large annual for filling in spaces. It blooms all summer long if started early indoors. It also self-sows.

Neutral poppysue On Nov 2, 2001, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

A member of the mallow family this annual is one of the nicest. The 2 1/2-inch, rose-violet flowers are cup shaped and in the center where the petals narrow there is a cutout of a 5-pointed star showing the green of the calyx behind. The plants are easily grown from seed and will quickly reach their mature height of 3 feet. The rose violet flowers are excellent for cutting and will last several days in a vase.


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

Baywood-los Osos, California
Mahomet, Illinois

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