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Musk Mallow

Malva moschata

Also known as

Musk Cheeseweed, Musk Plant

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

80cm

Max

70cm

1m

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Musk Mallow Overview

An attractive herbaceous perennial often chosen for its very long flowering period. Both the leaves and flowers of M. moschata release a musky scent, hence its common name 'Musk mallow'. Historically, this plant had a wide variety of medicinal applications.

Common problems with Musk Mallow

Generally pest-free, but can suffer from foliar rusts and leaf spot.

How to harvest Musk Mallow

Harvest seeds when ripe in autumn and pick leaves fresh for salads.

How to propagate Musk Mallow

Seed

Will self-seed freely. Alternatively, harvest seed when ripe in autumn and sow in situ, or in early spring in a cold frame.

Cuttings

Basal cuttings to be taken in mid/late spring, cuttings of the side shoots can be taken in late summer.

Special features of Musk Mallow

Drought resistant

Will withstand very dry soil conditions.

Other uses of Musk Mallow

Border, cutting bed

Medicinal

The seeds yield an emollient liquid.

Edible

Leaves and flowers are common additions to 'wild' salads. The seeds are also edible.

Plants for Medium Length Grass Areas

upto 50cm

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