Mallow (Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina')

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 3 - 4 feet
Plant Spread: 18 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: White with violet striping
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Self


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 4, 2011 3:26 PM

Flowers open all summer in the upper leaf axils of plants with big, lobed foliage. The pale-lavender blooms have conspicuous magenta stripes. Best grown in the well-drained soil of sunny sites.

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Posted by lauribob (N Central Wash. - the dry side - Zone 5b) on May 9, 2016 2:29 PM

I have mixed results growing this in my zone 5 garden. I start it from seed and some years it comes back, but just as often it's never to be seen again when the snow melts off in the spring. I have had it grow as large as a small bush in one season, covered with gorgeous blooms that hang on well after a frost in mid October. Other years, not so impressive. I basically plant it like an annual and if it decides to come back the following spring, it's a bonus.

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