Plant FinderPlant Finder Graphic
Malva alcea
Malva alcea

Click to Enlarge

Zone
Zones 1-9, 14-24, 31-43
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Malva alcea

Malvaceae
Perennials

MALVA

From Europe; naturalized in the U.S. These plants are related to and somewhat resemble hollyhock (Alcea), but they are bushier, with smaller, roundish to heart-shaped leaves. Bloom from summer to fall. Easy to grow; need good drainage and average soil. Grow from seed; usually bloom the first year. Use in perennial borders or for a quick tall edging. Not long-lived. 

Malva alcea

Grows to 4 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide; upper leaves are deeply divided. Saucer-shaped pink flowers to 2 in. wide. The most common form is ‘Fastigiata’; it is narrower than the species and looks much like hollyhock.

You Might Also Like...

Aster novi-belgii ‘Persian Rose’

Bears rose-pink flowers in fall.

Lysimachia punctata

Native to Central Europe and Asia Minor. Grows to 3 ft. tall and spreads by underground stems of 2 ft....

Aster pilosus pringlei

Eastern U.S. native known in cultivation through its variety ‘Monte Cassino’, a familiar f...

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

Find Your Sunset Climate Zone

View Maps Learn More

Advertisement