Bring the colors and fragrance of French country meadows into your garden with this old-fashioned perennial. Fragrant, floriferous, and eminently edible, musk mallow (Malva moschata
.is a French wildflower that belongs in every cottage-garden-lover's yard. Hardy to -25 degrees and fully perennial, it does have the tendency to bloom itself "to death", and so individual plants can be short-lived compared to say, a Siberian iris. But it self sows so easily that this is not a concern.
Musk mallow appreciates a well-drained, relatively fertile soil in full sun to part shade. The leaves make a delicious salad green, and can also be cooked as a potherb. In fact, in the traditional cooking of Egypt and surrounding countries of North Africa, mallow greens are a much-appreciated and widely eaten vegetable. The large, pink to white blossoms are also edible and can be tossed into salads. Alternatively, cut the spikes to include in bouquets. The more you cut it, the more the plant will rebloom.
I've searched for a year to find the right source of French native wildflower seeds to offer you. Here they are! Certified organically grown, these seeds are produced on a family flower farm in the Massif Central
. One hundred percent of the process is artisanal, right down to the seed packets which are decorated with drawings of the content plants by the owner.
Size: 1 g ( about 400 seeds)