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Musk Mallow: A Fragrant Wildflower for Gardens and Wildlife | Growing Guide and Benefits

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Musk Mallow: A Fragrant Wildflower for Gardens and Wildlife


Musk mallow (Malva moschata) is a beautiful perennial wildflower that’s native to southern England. It’s closely related to the common mallow (Malva sylvestris) and is now found all over the British Isles. Musk mallow is a popular choice for cottage garden schemes and wildlife gardens, and it’s sometimes grown as part of a perennial wildflower meadow.


Musk mallow has small, saucer-shaped flowers with five petals. The flowers are typically pink, but there is also a white-flowered variety called ‘Snow White’. The flowers have a gentle, musky fragrance, which is enhanced when they are brought indoors. Musk mallow has deeply lobed, hairy leaves and hairy stems. It can grow to heights of 1m, although dwarf cultivars are available.

Growing Conditions

Musk mallow prefers dry soils and full sun, but it can also tolerate partial shade. It’s a low-maintenance plant that’s easy to grow.


Musk mallow can be sown directly in the garden in spring or fall. It can also be transplanted from pots. When planting, space the plants about 30cm apart.


Musk mallow is a drought-tolerant plant, so it doesn’t need to be watered frequently. However, it will benefit from occasional watering during dry spells. Musk mallow doesn’t need to be fertilized, but it will appreciate a light application of compost in spring.


Musk mallow flowers can be harvested throughout the summer. To harvest the flowers, simply cut the stems just below the flower heads. The flowers can be used fresh in salads or arrangements, or they can be dried for later use.

Wildlife Value

Musk mallow is a valuable plant for wildlife. The flowers attract bees, beneficial insects, butterflies/moths, and other pollinators. It’s also a caterpillar food plant.


Musk mallow is not toxic to humans or animals.


Musk mallow is a beautiful and easy-to-grow perennial wildflower that’s perfect for cottage garden schemes and wildlife gardens. Its pretty pink flowers and musky fragrance make it a favorite of gardeners and wildlife alike.

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