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 moschata
Erect, branching plant to 3 ft. high and 2 ft. wide. Finely cut leaves; pink or white flowers to 1 in. wide or somewhat wider. Entire plant emits a mild, musky odor if brushed against or bruised. Named selections are more frequently grown than the species. M. m. ‘Rosea’ has pink blossoms; M. m. ‘Alba’ is 2 ft. high and bears white flowers.
Erect, branching plant to 3 ft. high and 2 ft. wide. Finely cut leaves; pink or white flowers to 1 in....
Graceful, open tree with strongly weeping branches, deeply cut leaves. Sunburns in hot, dry weather.
From the mountains of central and southern Europe. This slow-growing, extremely variable species can r...