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Malva moschata f. alba AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Origin

Native to the UK

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

white musk mallow

Family

Malvaceae


Malva can be annuals, biennials or perennials, with rounded, often palmately lobed leaves and 5-petalled, open funnel-shaped flowers in the leaf axils or in terminal racemes

M. moschata f. alba is an erect woody-based perennial to 90cm tall, with rounded basal and deeply fingered stem-leaves. Pure white, bowl-shaped flowers up to 6cm wide, are borne in the upper leaf axils in summer and early autumn

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Short-lived but will self-seed. Suitable for mixed border or wildflower garden. Support if required

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained or Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed or basal cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Aphids may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to a rust and a leaf spot