The musk mallow plant is actually a close cousin to the old-fashioned hollyhock; the plant is an upright perennial plant with fuzzy, palm-shaped leaves. A rosy-pink, five-petaled blooms decorate the musk mallow plant from early summer through autumn. The musk mallow plant is also known as Australian hollyhock or musk rose, the plants is a colorful, low-maintenance addition to the garden, attracting scads of butterflies and honeybees. Continue reading to learn how to grow musk mallow.


Musk Mallow Plant Information

The scientific name of Musk mallow is Malva moschata, and the plant was transported to North America by European settlers. Unfortunately the musk mallow plant has become invasive throughout the northwestern and northeastern parts of the United States, where the plant is likely to pop up in roadsides, along railroads and dry, grassy fields. The musk mallow plant often marks the location of old homesteads. The plant is a hardy plant that is suitable for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones three through eight. As with common mallow plants, it’s actually good idea to consider the invasive potential before you consider growing the plant. You can contact your local cooperative extension office for more information about growing the plant. Also, you can contact the fish and wildlife service in your area.


How to Grow Musk Mallow Plant

 You can easily plant the musk mallow seeds outdoors in autumn or before the last frost in spring, covering each of the musk mallow seed with a small amount of soil. Allow about ten to twenty-four inches between each plant. The musk mallow plants will thrives in full sunlight but will also adapt to partial shade. Though the musk mallow plants tolerate poor, thin soil and they prefers well-drained growing conditions. Make sure you keep the soil moist after planting, most especially during warm weather. Once the plants are established, the plants will tolerate dry soil. Nevertheless, an occasional irrigation will be helpful during a prolonged dry spells. You can cut the plant to the ground in autumn as part of the plant care each season.

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