Flowering Plant

Musk Mallow

Wild Flower

(Malva moschata)

This is a green coloured, bushy, upright perennial that once established can be a robust plant, that is prolific on fertile soils rich in nitrogen. This species can grow to 75 cm in height.


This species is used as part of a mixture in wildflower meadow creation.


This is a perennial species.


It provides a vital resource for pollinators in mid summer.

Frost Tolerance

Musk Mallow is not frost tender.

Ideal Sowing Time

Sow in Autumn or Spring.


Easy to grow and requires no maintenance.

Distinguishing characteristics


The musk mallow seed has a curious snail shell shape, which is dark brown to black in colour. The surface is rough with golden coloured minute hairs. It is approximately 3 mm in size.


The seedling produces a pair of heart shaped cotyledons on medium length petioles. The first true leaves are wider and toothed.

Flowering Plant

Flowering Plant
This is a green coloured, bushy, upright plant. The leaves are in narrow segments that cut back to a central lobe, they can be less angular and almost heart shaped. The flowers are pale pink in colour and saucer shaped.

Additional Info

Flowers July - August. The musky scent of the flower and leaves is enhanced when they are bought indoors.

You can find Musk Mallow in the following mixtures


Every part of the Musk Mallow plant is said to be edible and previously the leaves, roots and flowers were boiled with water to make tea.