Common Mallow ‘Malva sylvestris’

Very showy, tough plant with a profusion of pink/purple flowers. Though known as the common mallow it acquired the other names of cheeses, high mallow and tall mallow, mauve des bois by the French as it migrated from its native home in Western Europe, North Africa and Asia through the English-speaking world. Grows freely in meadows, hedgerows and in fallow fields. The flowers were spread on doorways and woven into garlands or chaplets for celebrating May Day. The boiled young leaves are a vegetable eaten in several parts of Europe in the 19th century.

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Additional information

Sun Preference

Full Sun

Soil Preference

Most Soils OK

Suitable for

Prefers full sun and well-drained soil.


All pollinators and beneficial insects. Great source of nectar.

Flowering season

June – October

Flowering colour


Eventual height

upto 1m

Species Type

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