French Hollyhock (Malva sylvestris)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Malva sylvestris Accepted
Malva erecta Synonym
Malva rotundifolia Synonym

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 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 40-60 inches
Plant Spread: 18-24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Depth to plant seed: cover the seeds very thin
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Self


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Posted by JonnaSudenius (Belgium, Europe - Zone 6a) on May 8, 2012 2:01 PM

Although this plant should be hardy to zone 4, it never comes up again in my zone 6 garden. I grow it as an annual

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