Malva sylvestris


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Hardy perennial

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photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (28258)

Plant details

A charming plant, this has medium-sized, purple-veined, pink mallow flowers on compact plants similar to clumps of miniature hollyhocks. It needs a sunny site where it is not swamped by adjacent plants, and where the soil is rich and fertile but with good drainage. This tends to be fairly short-lived, and does not like being disturbed once established. it is beautiful grown with other cottage garden flowers, provided these are not so vigorous that they crowd out the mallow.

Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Malva

Species: sylvestris

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: March to June

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