Musk-mallow - Malva moschata

    Alternative names
    Musk Mallow

    Medium to tall plant, the stem hairs often purple based. Leaves deeply and narrowly cut. Flowers 40 to 60 mm solitary and usually rose pink, only occasionally white.

    Identification difficulty

    Grassy places and scrub.

    When to see it

    July and August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Throughout Britain, but scarcer in the north and north Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 38 of the 617 tetrads.

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    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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