Easily grownand , often self- .
Their colouring makes them very suitable for the border. The plants are strong and have a prolonged flowering season; but don’t forget to remove fadedbefore the can set.
Not too rich, if possibly chalky, soil.
Annuals are sown in situ in mid spring, perennials in a seed-bed from late spring to mid summer.
Malva alcea: Hardy perennial, height 80-100 cm; deep-pink flowers, 5 cm across, from early summer to early autumn. Usually available in the erect-growing form Tastigiata’.
Malva moscbata, musk mallow: Hardy perennial, height 30-60 cm, otherwise like the previous species. Malva verticillata: Annual; height 1-2 m; whitish flowers from mid summer to early autumn. The decorative value lies mostly in the crisped, which are edible.