Growing Musk Mallow

Botanical Name: Abelmoschus moschatus
Life Cycle: annuals, perennials
Planting Time: spring
Height: 1 1/2' to 6'
Exposure: full sun
Soil: moist, nutrient rich, well-drained soil with a neutral pH
Hardiness: zones 9 to 11, best in hot, humid climates. Not drought tolerant.
Bloom Time: summer through frost
Flower: pink, red and yellow; aromatic
Foliage: green, upright
Propagation: seeds and stem cuttings
Suggested Use: beds, borders, containers, and mass plantings
Growing Hints: Sow seeds or transplant seedlings into warm soil. Seedlings should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. Seeds should be soaked for 24 hours prior to planting to speed germination. If starting indoors, use individual peat pots to avoid disturbing roots while transplanting.
Interesting Facts: Musk Mallow is native to Southeast Asia and is a relative to the hibiscus, cotton and okra. Flowers last only a single day, but plant flowers continuously all summer.

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February 8, 20060 found this helpful

Lovely flower, but I had a problem with it reseeding itself EVERYWHERE; I had to actually "weed" flowers out of my garden all the time. I also had to stake my musk mallow up because the wind would always topple it over. I am going to plant it at my new house but give it a very large space to spread out in.

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