Musk Mallow, Malva moschata

Description


Malva moschata, the Musk Mallow, is a species of flowering plant in the family Malvaceae, native to Europe and southwestern Asia. Growing to about 60 cm tall, it is a herbaceous perennial with hairy stems and foliage, and pink saucer-shaped flowers that bloom between June - August. The leaves, flowers and seeds are all edible raw. The leaves and flowers are mild in flavour and are good in salads. A tea can also be made from the leaves, flowers, or roots. Musk Mallow can also be used to make a dye and the stems can be used to make fibre for paper making, textiles and cordage.


Musk Mallow Checklist

Habitat

🌳 Deciduous Woodland edges.
🐑 Grassland, including paddocks, fields and meadows.
🚜 Hedgerows, including field edges.

Season

May - June

Leaves

☘️ Green, heavily-lobed leaves with deeply-toothed edges. Very distinctive.

Flowers

🌷 Large pink-purple five-petalled flowers. Each petal is shaped like a Goldfish tail. The Flowers are delicate and short-lived.

Stem

🌱 Stems are branched, round and slightly ribbed.

Fruit / Seeds

🍏 After flowering round, green pods form on the stems which house the seeds.

Edible Parts

☘️ Leaves
🌷 Flowers
🌱 Stem
🍏 Fruit / Seeds

Aroma / Taste

👃 The Flowers have a musky aroma.
👅 The leaves are mild and pleasant when raw.

ID Notes

🟩 ID Difficulty - Beginner
👀 The delicate five-petalled pink flowers and deeply-lobed leaves are key identifiers of this plant.
👃 The musky scent of the flowers is also a key identifier.

Uses

🥗 Salad - Leaves can be eaten raw in salads.
🌺 Garnish - Flowers can be used as a garnish.
☕️ Beverage - Flowers and leaves can be used to make teas or other drinks.
🍨 Sweet - Flowers can be sugared for cakes and other sweets.
💊 Herbal Remedy - Is often used medicinally.