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Musk mallow

Malva moschata

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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

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.

Geography

Origin
Europe and Western Asia.

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
The seeds yield an emollient liquid.
Edible
Leaves and flowers are common additions to 'wild' salads. The seeds are also edible.

Personality

Family
Malvaceae
Flower colour
Pink
Scent
Strong

Problems

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

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