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MALVA moschata f. alba

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Family

Malvaceae

Botanical Name

MALVA moschata f. alba

Plant Common Name

White Muskmallow

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General Description

A pretty little cousin of the hollyhock, white muskmallow has attractively lobed leaves and papery white flowers from summer to fall. An erect but bushy perennial from Europe and northwestern Africa, it is relatively short-lived but easily seeds itself for continual renewal.

Muskmallow gets its name from the musky scent emitted when its green foliage is bruised or rubbed. The medium to dull dark green leaves are nearly heart-shaped at the plant's base, to a very ornately lobed, antler-like form at the stem tips. From early summer to early fall, lots of white, five-petaled blossoms are displayed in clusters, attracting curious butterflies.

Grow muskmallow in full to partial sun in any average garden soil that is moist. In very rich, fertile soils the growth may be very lush and weak and may need staking to prevent matting down in rainstorms. It is relatively short-lived, and some prune the perennial back in mid-fall to overwinter, perhaps prolonging each plant's life. Seeds will germinate near the mother plant. Use muskmallow as a dainty small accent in a mixed border, massed in a foundation bed, or intermingled with ornamental grasses.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Northern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes