FLOWER, Mauritiania Mallow
Malva sylvestris Mauritiana
Seeds per pack ~25
Germination: 91% (Packed for 2023)
Mauritiania mallow is an easy-to-grow annual flower native to North Africa and the Mediterranean with pretty magenta-pink-purple pinwheel-like flowers. In the same family as okra, its leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. We can't figure out where this name comes from (and some sources spell it like the West African nation of Mauritania), so if anyone has any knowledge of the name or history of this lovely plant, please get in touch with us! Mallow grows best in full sun and well-drained soil and can reach heights of 3-5 feet when mature.
To grow Mauritiania mallow, start by sowing seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost, or once soil outdoors is consistently 65-70 degrees, plant seeds directly into the garden in late spring or early summer. Please ensure that the soil is lightly moist and that plenty of sunlight is available. Once the seedlings have sprouted, thin out about 2' apart to allow the plants to create more room for growth. Water regularly, but be careful not to overwater, as this can cause the plants to become waterlogged. To encourage a more bushy, full-looking plant, use a fertilizer with a balanced nutrient profile. Please support the plants with stakes or trellises to keep them upright as they grow. After about two months, your Mauritiania mallow should be in full bloom!