Malva sylvestris Braveheart, commonly called French Mallow or Hollyhock Mallow, is known for its early and first year flowering habits. Captivating flowers have deep mauve petals with deep violet veining. A prolific bloomer, enchanting star petal flowers emerge in spring and continue on throughout the summer season, easily making this one of the longest flowering garden performers. Well loved as a cut flower, this back of the border superstar will paint a lovely backdrop to more short lived flowering varieties. Notably easy to grow, once established Braveheart is drought tolerant and freely self seeds returning year after year. Lush green foliage is densely spaced upon the upward facing flowering stems. Bushy plants grow 36" to 48" inches tall. History reports a chance seedling was found in Sir David Scott's garden by British photographer and gardener Valerie Finnis which bred life into this garden favorite!
Common sylvestris Mallow is not toxic. Mallow is commonly used in herbal medicine for its mucilage content, a soluble fiber with demulcent effect. Mallow also has healing properties and is often used as a poultice for skin problems, and the leaves are edible and can be cooked and eaten like spinach.
Packet: 30 seeds.