Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
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A pretty little cousin of the hollyhock, muskmallow has attractively lobed leaves and dainty light pink 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 brushed 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 light pink to lavender-pink, 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. Form alba has pure white blossoms.
8 - 1
3 - 8
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Europe, Southern Europe, Western Europe, Northern Africa
Green, Light Green
Feature Plant, Mixed Border
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