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Garden Mallow

Malva x clementii

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Malvaceae (Mallow)
Semi-evergreen shrub
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Gardens, wasteland.

Pink, 5 petals
Large spike of 5 overlapping, notched, pale to deep pink petals. The dark-veined, funnel-shaped flowers are up to 3 inches across. Insect-pollinated.
A nutlet.
A semi-evergreen shrub. Large, long-stalked, downy, palmately lobed leaves.
Other Names:
Clement's Mallow, Lavatera, Musk Mallow, Rose Mallow, Tree Mallow.
Frequency (UK):

Other Information


Malva x clementii is a hybrid plant in the Malvaceae family, which is a cross between Malva sylvestris and Malva moschata. It is also known as the "Musk Mallow" or "Clement's Mallow." It is an herbaceous perennial that typically grows to be around 2-3 feet tall and has pink or purple flowers. The plant is native to Europe and Asia and is grown as an ornamental plant. It is also used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments.


Garden Mallow, scientifically known as Malva x clementii, is a stunning and popular plant that belongs to the Malvaceae family. It is a hybrid of two species of mallow - Malva sylvestris and Malva officinalis, and was created in the 1930s by a French horticulturist named Clement.

Garden Mallow is a hardy perennial plant that is loved for its beautiful and showy flowers that bloom from summer through to fall. It is a bushy plant that can grow up to 2-3 feet tall and wide, with a sprawling habit that makes it perfect for use in cottage gardens or as a border plant.

The flowers of Garden Mallow are large and cup-shaped, measuring up to 2 inches in diameter. They come in a variety of colors, including shades of pink, purple, and white, and have distinctive dark veins running through them. The flowers are produced on tall stems above the foliage, and are a magnet for bees and butterflies, making Garden Mallow an excellent choice for pollinator-friendly gardens.

Garden Mallow is a relatively low-maintenance plant that is easy to grow in a range of soil types, including clay, loam, and sand. It prefers a sunny position but will tolerate some shade, and is also drought-tolerant once established. It is best to plant Garden Mallow in spring or fall, and it should be watered regularly during its first year to help it establish.

Garden Mallow is not just a beautiful ornamental plant, but it also has a number of medicinal properties. The leaves and flowers of the plant contain mucilage, which is a natural emollient that can be used to soothe and heal irritated skin. The plant has also been used traditionally to treat respiratory infections, digestive problems, and menstrual cramps.

Garden Mallow is also known by other common names such as Rose Mallow, Hollyhock Mallow, and French Hollyhock. It is native to Europe, but has been naturalized in many other parts of the world, including North America.

Apart from its ornamental and medicinal properties, Garden Mallow is also edible. The leaves and flowers can be added to salads or cooked like spinach, and the young seed pods can be steamed or boiled and served like green beans. The plant is also used to make tea, which is said to have a pleasant, mild flavor.

Garden Mallow is a relatively long-lived plant that can survive for several years with proper care. However, it is susceptible to a few pests and diseases, including aphids, spider mites, and powdery mildew. Regular inspection and treatment with organic pesticides and fungicides can help prevent or control these problems.

In terms of propagation, Garden Mallow can be propagated from seed or by division. Seed can be sown in spring or fall, and will germinate within a few weeks. Division is best done in spring or fall, and involves separating the plant into smaller sections and replanting them.

Facts about Garden Mallow

Malva x clementii, commonly known as garden mallow, is a hybrid plant that is a result of crossing Malva sylvestris and Malva canariensis. Here are some facts about this plant:

  1. Appearance: Garden mallow is an herbaceous perennial plant that grows up to 60 cm in height. It has a bushy growth habit with a spread of 60-90 cm. The plant has lobed leaves and produces beautiful, cup-shaped flowers that are pinkish-purple in color.

  2. Growing conditions: Garden mallow prefers a sunny or partially shaded location and well-drained soil. It can tolerate drought and is also resistant to pests and diseases.

  3. Blooming period: Garden mallow blooms in mid-summer and continues to produce flowers until the first frost.

  4. Uses: Garden mallow is a popular ornamental plant in gardens and parks. Its flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies, making it an excellent addition to pollinator gardens.

  5. Medicinal uses: Garden mallow has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and soothing effects on the respiratory and digestive systems.

In summary, garden mallow is an attractive, easy-to-grow plant that produces beautiful flowers and has medicinal properties. It is a great addition to any garden or landscape, especially for those interested in supporting pollinators.