An Overview of Malva Sylvestris
A native of Europe, North Africa, and Asia, mallow (Malva sylvestris) is a flowering plant that blooms in the spring. There are several medicinal properties to the plant. Marshmallow flowers contain mucus-like substances that soothe the throat and mouth. Malva neglecta, commonly known as common mallow, belongs to the mallow family, along with hollyhock and hibiscus.
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- The common mallow has pink or white hollyhock-like flowers growing from its stems
- Covered in circular, wavy-edged leaves that grow 6-24 inches tall.
- It resembles hollyhocks unmistakably
- The flower is commonly found in wild fields
Benefits of Malva Sylvestris
The flower and leaves of this plant are used to make medicine. Malva is an effective treatment for mouth and throat irritation, dry cough, and bronchitis. Additionally, Malva is effective in treating stomach problems and urinary problems. Mallow treats wounds by putting them in a warm, moist dressing (poultice) and applying directly to the skin or by adding it to bathwater. Almost all parts of the mallow plant are edible: the leaves, the stems, the flowers, the seeds, and the roots (its cousin, Althaea, gives the sap that makes marshmallows). The mucilage in marshmallows gives them a slimy texture similar to that of okra.
How to sow and care for Malva Sylvestris
To successfully germinate Malva Meluca Sylvestris seeds, keeping them in a warm and consistent environment with temperatures between 18-25 degrees Celsius is best. Alternate between moistening and allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Typically, the seeds take about 5-10 days to sprout.
For outdoor planting, sow the seeds up to two months before the first frost in spring or summer. For indoor planting, bury the seeds about an inch deep in a soilless mix in February and water and fertilize regularly to encourage optimal growth. In rich soils, stakes may be necessary to provide extra support.
When the seedlings have at least two sets of true leaves, transplant them and water them at the soil level to prevent fungal diseases.
To grow Mauve in a sunny garden, germinate the seeds under lights at slightly cooler temperatures, then harden off and transplant. Mauve is a low-maintenance plant that only requires regular watering, soil loosening, weeding, and timely deadheading of spent flowers during dry summer.
When planting, ensure that the seedlings are buried deep enough to cover the roots but not too profound and the soil is loose enough for proper watering. To promote successful growth, keep the soil moist for a few days after planting.
Note: This Overview is intended as a guide only since cultural practices and climatic conditions may vary.
- Product: Malva Meluca Sylvestris Seeds
- Season: Summer
- USDA Zones: 3-9
- Days to Harvest: 60 days
- Soil Type: Chalk, Clay, Loamy, Sand
- Temperature: 20 Degrees C
- Scientific Name: Malva Sylvestris
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Higher classification: Malveae
- Family: Malvaceae
- Rank: Genus
- Order: Malvales
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