Moschata – Musk Mallow
Flowers white, July to September.
One of the most robust and easily grown of all
the Mallow tribe, almost
a weed for constitution and persistence. It makes
a large tuft, which, after some years, grows woody
and decays at the centre; but it surrounds itself
with self-sown seedlings which carry on the race.
The foliage is deeply cut; the flowers are white
and rather insignificant, but have a pleasant
scent of musk.
Seed should be sown in the open about July, the
seedlings transplanted once and put out in their
places in the border in November and February.
The plant needs attention in the matter of weeding,
as (with the exception, perhaps of the German
Iris) there is nothing which so hospitably entertains
the roots of perennial weeds.
The white Musk Mallow (Malva moschata alba) is the
form almost exclusively grown; but there is a
variety with pink flowers.
See Also : Musk Mallow