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Malva alcea
Malva alcea

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Zones 1-9, 14-24, 31-43
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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.

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