Mallow is a small biennial plant, it is found in the wild and lives without problems up to 1200 meters above sea level. It does not fear the cold, but neither does it fear excessive heat or drought, and is therefore very adaptable and cultivable throughout Italy.
It has leaves with five/seven rounded lobes, the flowers are purple with veins and bloom between April and October. This grass grows spontaneously in gardens and along paths, it is indeed a plant that reproduces very easily.
It is an officinal plant, valuable for its many properties, it is mainly used to prepare decoctions and herbal teas, although it can even be used as a vegetable in soups.
Suitable climate and soil for mallow
Collection and drying
Malva decoctions and their properties
Climate and soil favorable to mallow
Mallow is a spontaneous plant that takes root easily and adapts to most climates and soils. Although it adapts to all soils, it prefers soils rich in organic matter and capable of retaining humidity for a long time, so it may be worth putting in a mature potting mix before sowing it. As a plant, it is also undemanding in terms of crop rotation.
In the garden, you can choose to put the mallow both in areas exposed to the sun and in semi-shaded beds, which makes it a good flower to decorate the corners of the garden with little sunlight. The plant fears excessive heat, in very hot regions it is best to use shade nets to protect this officinal plant in the hottest months.
You can sow mallow in the spring directly in the garden, or in nurseries or pots at the end of winter and then transplant it into the garden bed. The seeds are very easy to germinate, so much so that the plant looks alike if left to its own devices, spreading year after year through wasteland.
For planting, it is sufficient to prepare the soil with normal tillage and moderate organic fertilization, possibly adding sand to soils that are too asphyxiated and compact. A distance of 25-30 cm must be maintained from one plant to another, in the domestic garden a few plants are enough to obtain a useful harvest for the needs of the family.
Mallow seedlings can also be purchased from the nursery, but it is an easy plant to grow from seed, so it is often best planted.