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Foung in grasy places and open woodlands; look for the deeply serated leaves.



Musk Mallow: graceful and delicate

Post date: Tuesday, 20 December, 2016 - 21:07

My field guide describes the musk mallow (Malva moschata) as a graceful plant; how something that does not move can be graceful I am not sure but yet I knows what the author means. Although it can grow to over two feet tall and is quite a sturdy plant I think it looks very delicate; perhaps more delicate than graceful? That delicacy is, possibly, due to lovely pale pink flowers that adorn the plant from June to August.

The flower is classic mallow in style, five equal and almost triangular petals around a cluster of stamens in the middle. The flowers do have a faint musky smell hence the common name. Not only does the pale pink flower tend to set it apart from other mallows the leaves are very different too being deeply cut in to narrow strips. 

It is not a not common plant but it can be found on dry, bare areas in grassy and scrubby places and sometimes it can be found as a weed of cultivation. Being such a lovely flower it can also be found in gardens and can be more common near human habitation than it further away.



The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

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Common Name Musk-mallow
Scientific Name Malva moschata
Family Mallow family - Malvaceae
Status Scarce
Interest Level
Species Family Mallow Family - Malvaceae
Flower Colour Group Pink
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
Preferred Environment
Look for Pale pink flowers with shredded leaves
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
BA: Arable farmland Associated