How and Where to Grow Musk Mallow (Malva Moschata)

We will tell you how and where to grow Musk Mallow


The image is © Beautiful pink Musk Mallow (Malva moschata) wild flower growing

Musk Mallow (Latin name Malva Moschata)  is one of the most attractive of wild flowers. It has been grown as garden plant for many years. It grows as a bushy plant with large, pink, clear flowers. It produces many flowers.

When not in flowers the bright green divided leaves are also attractive.

Musk mallow has delicate pale pink flowers. These appear in July and August. It can grow on roadside verges and in hedgerows. Also in pastures and churchyards. It does will in dry places. 

It has saucer-shaped flowers which have a musky smell. They are five petals, which are pale pink with fine, dark pink veins. The stems have deeply lobed leaves which are hairy.

It mixes well with annuals such as poppy or chamomile. But is equally interesting in a perennial meadow along side species such as ox eye daisy, field scabious and Lesser Knapweed.

Musk mallow prefers well drained fertile soil. It will establish on thinner soil as long as there is some underlying fertility and moisture. The plant gives off delicate dusky perfume in warm weather. It is popular with bees who visit the flowers for nectar and pollen.

How and where to grow Musk Mallow

  • You can plant Malva Moschata in the spring or autumn and it will grow to height of about 30-70 cm.
  • It will grow easily from seed.
  • Sow it where it is to grow an lightly push the seed into the soil. If growing your own Malva Moschata plugs.
  • Then plant the seeds in a tray of compost about 2cm apart.
  • Plant any time from Spring to Autumn and lightly cover with compost.