Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Lovely Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’

A cousin to the Hollyhock, Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’ is an old cottage-garden favourite that blooms all summer long. The satiny, lavender-purple flowers are a lovely addition to any garden, and are very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. The plant is also rabbit-resistant, which is always a good thing.

The plant is a short-lived perennial or biennial, often flowering itself to death in the first year, but it comes back the next year from self-sown seedlings.

Basic Information:

Exposure: Full Sun

Soil Type: Normal, Sandy, Clay

Care Level: Easy

Flower Colour: Mauve/Lilac, Purple

Blooming Time: Mid Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Mid Fall

Foliage Color: Deep Green

Height: 60-120 cm (23-47 inches)

Spread: 45-60 cm (18-23 inches)

Growth Rate: Medium

Grow this pretty plant in a container, or in a sunny border.


  1. Sweet, pretty dainties :) Isn't it almost spring yet?!!

  2. Ah. Those were the days.
    Winter has been nice here but still..I miss the flowers.

  3. @Jane:'s just a matter of time now. Can't wait!


    @Jane: Spring won't come fast enough for me!