Malva, Hollyhock Mallow 'Fastigiata'

Malva alcea

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malva (MAL-vuh) (Info)
Species: alcea (al-KEE-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fastigiata



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


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:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


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


Chicago, Illinois

Fishers, Indiana

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Pinconning, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Reno, Nevada

Hudson, New Hampshire

North Tonawanda, New York

Cleveland, Ohio

Columbia Station, Ohio

Salem, Oregon

Albion, Pennsylvania

Grapeville, Pennsylvania

Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Columbia, South Carolina

Manassas, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 6, 2014, Just_Grow_It from Manassas, VA wrote:

Last year was the first year I grew this plant, and so far I have been pleasantly surprised. I live in the humid south and hollyhocks quickly get covered with ugly rust fungus, but this type was totally unaffected. If it does as well this summer I plan to collect seeds and plant a whole lot of it about.


On Sep 4, 2012, goulot from Canton, MI wrote:

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.