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Malva verticillata

Chinese mallow

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to November
  • Height1.5m to 2m
  • Spread0.45m
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourWhite, green, red
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Malva verticillata (Chinese mallow). Leaves can be boiled and eaten like spinach.

Characteristics

Annual or Biennial, Vegetable

Other common names

Mallow

Origin

E. Asia

Interest and use

Culinary

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilClay, Heavy, Well drained, Light, Medium, Sandy
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

These plants prefer a sunny, well-drained soil. They are very frost hardy. You can propagate from cuttings or seed.

Propagation

Propagate by seed in autumn and selected forms by cuttings from firm, basal shoots in late spring or summer. These shoots may be encouraged by cutting plant back after first flowers have faded.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Rust and leaf spot.

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