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Musk Mallow

Malva moschata

Also known as

Musk Cheeseweed, Musk Plant, Mallow

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Musk Mallow Overview

An attractive herbaceous perennial often chosen for its very long flowering period. Both the leaves and flowers of M. moschata release a musky scent, hence its common name 'Musk mallow'. Historically, this plant had a wide variety of medicinal applications.

Common problems with Musk Mallow

Generally pest-free, but can suffer from foliar rusts and leaf spot.

How to harvest Musk Mallow

Harvest seeds when ripe in autumn and pick leaves fresh for salads.

How to propagate Musk Mallow


Will self-seed freely. Alternatively, harvest seed when ripe in autumn and sow in situ, or in early spring in a cold frame.


Basal cuttings to be taken in mid/late spring, cuttings of the side shoots can be taken in late summer.

Special features of Musk Mallow

Drought resistant

Will withstand very dry soil conditions.

Other uses of Musk Mallow

Border, cutting bed


The seeds yield an emollient liquid.


Leaves and flowers are common additions to 'wild' salads. The seeds are also edible.

Plants for Medium Length Grass Areas

upto 50cm

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