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Malope trifida

large-flowered mallow wort

M. trifida is an upright, stout-stemmed annual with hairy, lobed, bright green leaves. Broadly trumpet-shaped, pale pink to dark purple-red flowers with purple veins are produced from summer to autumn

Other common names
mallow wort
Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Purple Red Green
Autumn Pink Purple Red Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Malvaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Columnar upright
Genus

Malope are tall annuals and perennials, usually bushy though sometimes almost un-branched. The leaves may be simple or lobed, and the showy, paper-thin flowers are long-stalked and broadly trumpet-shaped ranging from pink to violet blue, and white, often veined in a deeper shade

Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil, ideally in full sun though partial shade is tolerated. Provide support in exposed positions

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering

Pests

Aphids may be troublesome

Diseases

May be affected by a rust

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