Malva or Mallow are flowering herbaceous annuals, biennials and perennials that belong to the Malvaceae family. They are native to many parts of Africa, Asia and Europe.
What is a Malva?
Malva are largely hardy plants but there are some forms will be frost tender. They range in height from 0.5m to over 1.5m tall. Malva are grown for the masses of colourful flowers that occur in summer. Flower colours include white, pink and purple with some bi coloured. Bees and other pollinators are attracted to the flowers.
Where to plant Malva?
Malva like a sheltered spot in full sun or very light shade and moist but well drained soil. Smaller varieties can be grown in patio pots with larger plants best in borders where their colourful flowers can help create cottage garden style of planting. Malva are also suited to coastal or Mediterranean style gardens.
How to care for Malva?
Malva are easy plants to look after. Water young and pot grown plants during dry spells. Malva can be lightly pruned in spring to shape plants. Dead heading will encourage more flowers.