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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
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.
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