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Althaea hirsuta

Rough mallow

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Features

  • BloomsMay to July
  • Height0.2m to 0.3m
  • Spread0.5m
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourPale pink
  • Leaf ColourDark green leaves

Description

Althaea hirsuta (Rough mallow). This species is a semi-prostrate annual. The hairy leaves are ovate, 5-lobed and dark green. The flowers are racemes or panicles of pink blooms in late spring.

Characteristics

Annual, Deciduous, Herbaceous

Other common names

Hocysen Flewog

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

A wild plant for naturalising open ground.

This plant is an endangered species in the UK.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Found on grassland, on slopes and broad leaved, mixed and yew woodland.

Prefers calcerous, free draining and open textured soil, in a position in full sun.

Propagation

By seed in the late winter. If growing outdoors, make sure the soil is well dug and friable, and keep the seedling area free from weeds, as this plant does poorly with competition.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for rust and flea beetles.

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