Malva - Malva sylvestris

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Malva plant before blooming.

Malva is a biennial in most parts of the US. It has large showy blooms similar to Hollyhock. Likes full sun and is very hear tolerant. Grows to 2.5 feet tall.


Malva is a Host Plant for Painted Lady butterflies

Painted Lady butterflies use many different plants as host plants, including Hollyhock, Malva and Borage.


Where to buy Malva

Burpee and many other places sell Malva sylvestris seeds.


The Malvaceae/Mallow Family

Malvaceae is comprised of around 80 genera with 1000 species. Three hundred of these are of the genus Hibiscus. Cotton/Gossypium, Hollyhock, Malva and Okra are other well known members of this family.




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