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Malva moschata

Musk mallow

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Malva moschata
  • Common name: Musk mallow
  • Family: Malvaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Green

Musk mallow (Malva moschata) is a perennial wildflower native to southern England, and closely related to the common mallow (Malva sylvestris). It’s now found all over the British Isles and is common in hedgerows, field margins and along roadside verges. It has pretty pink summer flowers with a gentle, musky fragrance.

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Musk mallow does best in dry soils and is a popular choice for cottage garden schemes and wildlife gardens. It’s sometimes grown as part of a perennial wildflower meadow. It makes an excellent cut flower – indeed its musky fragrance is enhanced when the flowers are brought indoors.

For garden use, the white-flowered variety ‘Snow White’ is most common.

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How to identify musk mallow

Musk mallow has small, saucer-shaped baby pink (occasionally white) flowers with five petals, and a musky fragrance. It has deeply lobed, hairy leaves and hairy stems. It can grow to heights of 1m, although dwarf cultivars are available.

Advice on buying musk mallow

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  • Musk mallow is available from garden centres but you’re most likely to find the white-flowered variety ‘Snow White’. For the native wildflower, try wildflower stockists
  • Ensure you have the right growing conditions for musk mallow – dry soils and full sun are perfect
  • Always check plants for signs of disease or damage before planting

Where to buy musk mallow

How to grow Malva moschata

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Malva moschata and wildlife

Malva moschata is known for attracting bees, beneficial insects, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It is a caterpillar food plant and has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Attractive to Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Malva moschata poisonous?

Malva moschata has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People