Malva, Mallow, French Hollyhock 'Mystic Merlin'

Malva sylvestris

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malva (MAL-vuh) (Info)
Species: sylvestris (sil-VESS-triss) (Info)
Cultivar: Mystic Merlin




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:


Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Winsted, Connecticut

New Castle, Delaware

Apopka, Florida

Patterson, Georgia

Stone Mountain, Georgia

Edwardsville, Illinois

Salina, Kansas

Halifax, Massachusetts

Temperance, Michigan

Florence, Mississippi

Brooklyn, New York

Buffalo, New York

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Florence, South Carolina

Lafayette, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 25, 2014, DLee4144 from Edwardsville, IL wrote:

Combined with yellow roses, these are a showstopper. I've really never seen anything prettier. Unfortunately, not for long, because the rabbits love them almost as much as I do. Scattering poison daily seems to do the trick, but I actually kinda like rabbits and I'm not a big fan of exposing myself to the poison that much. I'm considering getting small dogs and an underground electric fence, since I don't think I can catch the rabbits to put the collars on them.


On Jun 11, 2012, PamelaBaja from Sierra de San Pedro Mrtir, Baja,
Mexico (Zone 8b) wrote:

planted this last summer, no flowers that year and only 18" tall. It is currently 6 feet tall and has been covered in blooms for two months now! It is huge! Bees and hummingbirds seem to be very attracted to it. Wondering if it will die down this fall as it was evergreen all winter here even with -8celcius in the mountains at 4800 feet in Mxico.


On Jun 27, 2011, ApopkaJohn from Apopka, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Tried to grow these in Orlando. These wilt in the hot sun, but otherwise seem to be easy to grow, except they didn't bloom the first year. Bloomed in June from seed the prior year. Beatifull pest-free foliage.


On Jun 21, 2010, monameeee from Stone Mountain, GA wrote:

My Zebra Mallow is Slender, Tall, & Beautiful but the deer thought so too and I guess tastes great....Hoping it will come back as they ate pretty much almost all of it.


On Jun 7, 2008, Fairy1004 from (bestest fairy)Temperance, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

It seems I am having a different experience with mine than some others-if you look at the pic I uploaded it kinda sprawls..I bought it last year at a nursery and it was a tiny things that the rabbits ate everytime it got a couple leaves. Well this year it is HUGE!!! I am going to have to either move it or everything around it since it is at least 2X the size I anticipated!! I thought it would be slender stalks not the gargantuous thing I have-beautiful though w/ purple flowers!!


On Oct 1, 2007, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:

i grabbed this plant at a nursury not even knowing what to expect, now its one of the best flowers in my garden. It flowers throughout the entire spring and summer where at least one flower can be found at all times, the colors are unbelieveably vibrant.
This plant grows quite tall quickly , but doesnt seem to bush out at all and keeps to a couple slender stalks, best planted in the middle to back of the garden


On Jul 19, 2007, eljae from New Castle, DE wrote:

My Zebra Mallow started growing wild in my flowerbed. I assume the lovely birds transplanted it. The greenery itself was so attractive, I just couldn't pull it out. Then to my surprise, beautiful purple striped blooms started appearing inside the plant. I'm glad I was able to identify it. I look forward to enjoying it's full beauty. Oh, it seems to have a few more starting to sprout. Very easy to care for . . . I've done nothing!!


On Feb 5, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

A pretty flower, but it LOVES to self-seed. I have it coming up everywhere. It has a long tap-root that makes it hard to pull up without landing on your bottom if it gives! My information says hardy in zones 3-10. Other names include High Mallow, Malva, Tall Mallow, and Zebra Hollyhock.


On Sep 21, 2005, MalvaFan from Morrice, MI wrote:

This variety is similiar to Bibor Felho and I like them both.
Bees, hummingbirds, butterflies flock to this plant.