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French Mallow

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: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 May 4 to 2001 Jul 72002 May 6 to 2002 Oct 42003 May 30 to 2003 Jul 172004 May 25 to 2004 Nov 52005 Jun 3 to 2005 Nov 222006 May 24 to 2006 Nov 152007 May 15 to 2007 Sep 72008 May 24 to 2008 Oct 312009 May 29 to 2009 Oct 62010 May 24 to 2010 Nov 12011 May 18 to 2011 Sep 92012 May 24 to 2012 Oct 12013 Jun 6 to 2013 Sep 282014 May 24 to 2014 Sep 122015 May 18 to 2015 Sep 32016 Jun 10 to 2016 Aug 23
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