E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Malva moschata L.
musk mallow
Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial herb from a taproot; stems ascending, branched, 30-60 cm tall, with sparse, simple hairs.
Basal leaves heart-shaped to kidney-shaped, rounded in outline, 6-8 cm long, toothed to shallowly lobed, hairy; stem leaves, rounded in outline, 4-8 cm long, at least the upper ones 5-lobed to the base and then dissected into linear segments; stipules 4-7 mm long.
Inflorescence of few to many flowers in axillary clusters or subterminal panicles; petals 5, white to deep pink, 2-3 cm long; calyces 3-4 mm long; bractlets linear.
Carpels, numerous in flat disks, rounded, densely hairy on the back; seeds 1.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry roadsides and waste places in the lowland and montane zones; frequent in SW and SE BC and rare in SC BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Malva moschata var. rosea hort.

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