Malva, Pink Musk Mallow 'Rosea'

Malva moschata

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malva (MAL-vuh) (Info)
Species: moschata (MOSS-kuh-ta) (Info)
Cultivar: Rosea



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

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

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

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Evergreen, Colorado

Leesburg, Florida

Gainesville, Georgia

Webberville, Michigan

Jersey City, New Jersey

Newland, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Columbus, Ohio

Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

Kalama, Washington

Lakewood, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Porterfield, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 13, 2011, Dirt_Lover from Gainesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I wintersowed mine last winter and the plants stayed very small the first year. This Spring I noticed that most had come back and were looking healthy so I transplanted them in various locations and they're all looking good. Once they start getting the leaves on them that are more divided and less round they are getting ready to take off. I adore this plant and will be looking to save seeds so I can have more. Lovely!


On Jul 11, 2005, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant attracts bees, butterflies, hummingbirds....and gardeners who love easy, pretty plants...:) The first year it is a nice small plant....the second year it is a 3-4 ft by 2-3 ft mass of blooms. Very finely dissected foliage, and soft, true pink flowers by the hundreds on a mature specimen.....Beautiful!!


On Aug 13, 2003, juneberry from Newland, NC wrote:

bright flowers , grows wild & fairly competitive ,nice plant