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Musk Mallow

Malva moschata

Also known as

Musk-Mallow

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

1m

Min

50cm

Flowering

This plant has a strong fragrance

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A photo of Musk Mallow
A photo of 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

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

    Harvesting

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

    Propagation

    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

    Drought resistant

    Will withstand very dry soil conditions.

    Uses

    Medicinal

    The seeds yield an emollient liquid.

    Edible

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