French Mallow

Malva sylvestris

[malva_sylvestris]

When Thomas Jefferson noted "French Mallow" on an undated memorandum of cultivated flowers, he was probably referring to Malva sylvestris, a European native with handsome, hollyhock-like purplish-pink flowers. Some Charlottesville gardeners refer to it as "Baby Hollyhock" because of similarities to its more familiar mallow cousin; another common name is "Cheeses Mallow," a reference to the shape of the seed clusters.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Pink,Purple Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.009882,-78.452747

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Blooming Dates 2001: May 4 – Jul 72002: May 6 – Oct 42003: May 30 – Jul 172004: May 25 – Nov 52005: Jun 3 – Nov 222006: May 24 – Nov 152007: May 15 – Sep 72008: May 24 – Oct 312009: May 29 – Oct 62010: May 24 – Nov 12011: May 18 – Sep 92012: May 24 – Oct 12013: Jun 6 – Sep 28