Malope plants are hardy annuals that reach up to 90 cm (3 feet) in height.
They have captivating lobed leaves and trumpet flowers of pink or white that come into bloom throughout the summer.
The common name for Malope is Mallow wort.
Malope malacoides by Sarah Gregg; Creative Commons.
Common Names: Mallowwort, Annual Malope, Purple Spanish Mallow, Maloppi.
Life Cycle: Hardy annual.
Height: 24 to 36 inches (60 to 90 cm).
Growing Region: Zones 5 to 10. As a perennial in zones 8 to 10.
If you plan to grow mallow wort from seeds outdoors then they should be sown a few weeks before you expect the last frost of spring.
Once sown the seeds of Malope Plants should be lightly covered.
Mallow wort and other Malope genus members can be grown in both sunny and partially shaded parts of the garden that have good drainage.
They prefer a light soil, if you require lots of foliage then grow in a richer soil.
Mallow wort can be started indoors. The seeds should be imbibed by placing the seeds (within soil) in a plastic bag, then placing in the fridge for three weeks.
After this period, remove from the fridge and germinate at 18 to 24°C (64 to 75°F). It takes about two to four weeks to germinate. Once seedlings are growing, transplant and space the Mallow wort at between 30 cm (1 foot; small varieties) to 60 cm (2 feet; large) apart.
Mallow wort and other Malope plant species basically look after themselves, though bigger species may require staking.