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Malva Species, White Mallow, Musk Mallow

Malva moschata f. alba

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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)

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:

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

From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

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


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

Fairfield, California

Littleton, Colorado

Fishers, Indiana

Massena, New York

Lima, Ohio

Langley, Washington

Port Orchard, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Porterfield, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 19, 2016, daisygirl_01 from Port Orchard, WA wrote:

A very happy plant in our mild Pacific NW climate. Mine grow best in full sun and self sow each year producing a multitude of seedlings (many that I remove, because it seeds so profusely). I also have volunteers in a shady location which seem to fair well, but don't bloom as profusely as those in 6+ hours of sun. The plants I have are an Alba - which were all originally volunteers growing on the border of our heavily wooded property near a grassy, very sunny location with poor, rocky, but somewhat damp soil. I've enjoyed them as an addition to our flower garden for 5+ years now and hope they continue. I use the young tender greens in salads, but have yet to nosh on the fragrant flowers or their seeds. I couldn't imagine the garden without them now.


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


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

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


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.