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 is used to treating wounds by putting it 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 Seeds
The seeds of Malva Meluca Sylvestris should ideally be germinated at 18-25 degrees Celsius on alternate days in the house. It usually takes 5-10 days for the seeds to germinate. Sow outdoors up to two months before frost in spring or summer. By burying seeds in a soilless mix an inch deep in February, they can be planted indoors. Water and fertilize regularly to ensure the best growth. Stakes may be necessary for rich soils because of the extra boost. Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves and water at the soil level rather than on the foliage. Too much moisture could cause fungal diseases.
In a sunny spot in the garden, germinate seeds under lights at a slightly cooler temperature, then harden off and transplant. Mauve is a very low-maintenance plant, which means it requires very little attention. During the dry summer months, regular watering, loosening the soil, weeding, and timely deadheading of spent flowers are necessary for mauve care. Plants of the Malva genus do not need to be planted very deeply in the ground when they are young. Seedlings should be planted deep enough to cover the roots, and the soil should be loose enough for watering. The ground should remain moist for at least 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
- Uses: Flower
- Shipping Cost: Starting at 2,00 Euros
- Rest of the World : 3 to 11 working days
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