Musk mallow: Malva moschata
The genus has 30 species of herbaceous, and perennials that are native to Europe, north Africa and Asia. A member of the Malvaceae family, Malva moschata has a bushy habit and grows up to 80 cm (32 in) high with woody stems at the base. The plant takes its name from the delicate musk fragrance that emanates from the leaves. The magnificent pale pink flowers appear in spring and are produced until the beginning of autumn. The white-flowering variety ‘Alba’ is also very attractive. The musk mallow is extremely easy to grow. All it needs is well-drained, fertile and a sunny to partially shaded position. Mallows have a natural charm that will enhance any corner of the garden, balcony or terrace. They should be cut back after the first flowering to prevent them from self-seeding. They can be propagated from seed in spring or in early autumn.