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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.

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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: 
May 4, 2001 to July 7, 2001May 6, 2002 to October 4, 2002May 30, 2003 to July 17, 2003May 25, 2004 to November 5, 2004June 3, 2005 to November 22, 2005May 24, 2006 to November 15, 2006May 15, 2007 to September 7, 2007May 24, 2008 to October 31, 2008May 29, 2009 to October 6, 2009May 24, 2010 to November 1, 2010May 18, 2011 to September 9, 2011May 24, 2012 to October 1, 2012June 6, 2013 to September 28, 2013May 24, 2014 to September 12, 2014May 18, 2015 to September 3, 2015June 10, 2016 to August 23, 2016June 30, 2017 to November 3, 2017May 28, 2018 to October 17, 2018May 24, 2019

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