Malope is similar to the Annual Mallow (Lavatera trimestris). Both form 3 ft high bushes bearing trumpetlike flowers, 3 or 4 in. across, during the summer months. The Malope colour range is wider, however, and the experts say that Malope is less likely to fail. Blooms are borne abundantly and the plants do not require staking.

VARIETIES: Malope is sold either as M. trifida or the large-flowering strain M. trifida grandiflora. A good mixture will produce plants bearing white, pink, crimson and purple flowers-a feature of Malope is the prominent veining which occasionally occurs on the petals. The flowers are carried on long, firm stems arrd are excellent for cutting.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained garden soil, but light or medium land is preferred. Choose a sunny spot.

PLANT DETAILS: Height 3 ft.

Spacing: 15 in.

Flowering period: July-October.

PROPAGATION: Sow seeds in April where they are to flower. Thin to the required spacing.

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