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Malva moschata (musk mallow)

Synonyms: Alcea pinnatifida; Bismalva laciniata; Bismalva moschata; Malva dethardingii; Malva geraniifolia; Malva laciniata; Malva lamottei; Malva orsiniana; Malva tenuifolia

Wikipedia Abstract

Malva moschata (musk-mallow) is a species of Malva native to Europe and southwestern Asia, from Spain north to the British Isles and Poland, and east to southern Russia and Turkey.It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 80 cm tall, with hairy stems and foliage. The leaves are alternate, 2–8 cm long and 2–8 cm broad, palmately lobed with five to seven lobes; basal leaves on the lower stem are very shallowly lobed, those higher on the stems are deeply divided, with narrow, acuminate lobes.
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Height [1]  31 inches (0.8 m)
Width [1]  24 inches (0.6 m)
Light Preference [2]  Mostly Sunny
Soil Acidity [2]  Neutral
Soil Fertility [2]  Mostly Infertile
Soil Moisture [2]  Mostly Dry
Edible [1]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [1]  Hermaphrodite
Hazards [1]  When grown on nitrogen rich soils (and particularly when these are used inorganically), the plant tends to concentrate high levels of nitrates in its leaves; The leaves are perfectly wholesome at all other times.
Lifespan [1]  Perennial
Pollinators [1]  Bees, Bats
Scent [1]  The crushed leaves have a musk-like smell;
Structure [3]  Herb
Usage [1]  Cream, yellow and green dyes can be obtained from the plant and the seed heads; A fibre obtained from the stems is used for cordage, textiles and paper making;
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Algonquin Provincial Park IV 1868802 Ontario, Canada
Allegheny Portage Railroad Nat'l Hist. Site National Historic Site III 1152 Pennsylvania, United States
Alte Valli Pesio e Tanaro 27869 Italy  
Avon Gorge Woodlands 376 England, United Kingdom
Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast 160731 England/Scotland, United Kingdom  
Berwyn a Mynyddoedd de Clwyd/ Berwyn and South Clwyd Mountains 67265 Wales, United Kingdom
Braunton Burrows 3328 England, United Kingdom
Bruce Peninsula National Park II   Ontario, Canada
Burnham Beeches 946 England, United Kingdom  
Cape Breton Highlands National Park II 234333 Nova Scotia, Canada  
Cardigan Bay/ Bae Ceredigion 236876 Wales, United Kingdom
Craven Limestone Complex 13166 England, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths 14161 England, United Kingdom
Dorset Heaths (Purbeck and Wareham) and Studland Dunes 5491 England, United Kingdom
East Hampshire Hangers 1408 England, United Kingdom
Exmoor Heaths 26455 England, United Kingdom
Forillon National Park II 61010 Quebec, Canada  
Fundy National Park II 52716 New Brunswick, Canada
Georgian Bay Islands National Park II   Ontario, Canada
Kejimkujik National Park II 94203 Nova Scotia, Canada
Kouchibouguac National Park II 59161 New Brunswick, Canada
Lago Puelo National Park II 47607 Chubut, Argentina
Lanín National Park II 536819 Neuquen, Argentina
Lizard Point 34565 England, United Kingdom    
Los Alerces National Park II 463045 Chubut, Argentina  
Luce Bay and Sands 120487 Scotland, United Kingdom
Lyme Bay and Torbay 77215 England, United Kingdom
Moray Firth 373987 Scotland, United Kingdom  
Morecambe Bay Pavements 6449 England, United Kingdom
Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve 470167 Ontario, Canada  
North Pembrokeshire Woodlands/ Coedydd Gogledd Sir Benfro 780 Wales, United Kingdom  
North Pennine Moors 254789 England, United Kingdom
North York Moors 108930 England, United Kingdom
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
Point Pelee National Park II 5764 Ontario, Canada
Prince Edward Island National Park II   Prince Edward Island, Canada  
Rondeau Provincial Park II 5035 Ontario, Canada
Roosevelt Vanderbilt National Historic Site   New York, United States      
Saint Lawrence Islands National Park II   Ontario, Canada
Salisbury Plain 52975 England, United Kingdom
The New Forest 72309 England, United Kingdom
Tulach Hill and Glen Fender Meadows 3912 Scotland, United Kingdom
Y Fenai a Bae Conwy/ Menai Strait and Conwy Bay 65440 Wales, United Kingdom  



Aceria geranii <Unverified Name>[4]
Aplocnemus nigricornis <Unverified Name>[5]
Columba palumbus (Common Wood Pigeon)[5]
Cynthia cardui[6]
Episyrphus balteatus (Marmelade Fly)[5]
Eriophyes gymnoproctus <Unverified Name>[4]
Larentia clavaria (Mallow)[7]
Lixus pulverulentus[5]
Meromyza saltatrix (Wheat Stem Maggot Fly)[5]
Muscina prolapsa[5]
Passer domesticus (House Sparrow)[5]
Podagrica fuscicornis <Unverified Name>[5]
Podagrica fuscipes <Unverified Name>[4]
Pyrgus communis (Checkered skipper)[7]
Ramularia keithii[5]
Sphaerophoria scripta[5]


Pollinated by 
Aplocnemus nigricornis <Unverified Name>[5]
Episyrphus balteatus (Marmelade Fly)[5]
Meromyza saltatrix (Wheat Stem Maggot Fly)[5]
Muscina prolapsa[5]
Sphaerophoria scripta[5]


Parasitized by 
Lixus pulverulentus (Narrowed Lixus Weevil)[5]
Puccinia malvacearum (hollyhock rust)[6]
Ramularia keithii[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Svalbard Global Seed Vault


North America;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
2ECOFACT 2a Technical Annex - Ellenberg’s indicator values for British Plants, M O Hill, J O Mountford, D B Roy & R G H Bunce (1999)
3Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
4Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
5Ecology of Commanster
6Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
7HOSTS - a Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants Gaden S. Robinson, Phillip R. Ackery, Ian J. Kitching, George W. Beccaloni AND Luis M. Hernández
Protected Areas provided by Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
Natura 2000, UK data: © Crown copyright and database right [2010] All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100017955
GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
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