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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
greater musk mallow hollyhock mallow
Malva can be annuals, biennials or perennials, with rounded, often palmately lobed leaves and 5-petalled, open funnel-shaped flowers in the leaf axils or in terminal racemes
M. alcea is a perennial with erect or spreading stems to 120cm, sometimes more. Upper leaves usually very deeply divided, soft green. Flowers bright pink, saucer-shaped, in axillary and terminal clusters and produced over a long flowering season. Flowers and leaves similar to those of the native M. moschata, but on a much taller plant
SE Europe, Turkey, Caucasus
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Prefers to grow in light, well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. It is likely to need support especially if grown on rich soils - see staking perennials. Can be short-lived
Propagate by seed. Sow in situ or in containers in early spring or early summer. Take basal cuttings in spring ? see softwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance
Wildlife Gardens Wildflower meadow Cottage & Informal Garden
Pruning Prune back flowered stems in the autumn
Pests Aphids may be a problem
Can be affected by a rust and leaf spot
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