How to Grow Malope Plants

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Mallowwort and Annual Malope

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
Malope malacoides by Sarah Gregg; Creative Commons.

Malope trifida
Malope trifida by photon ?; Creative Commons.

Malope Plant Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Mallowwort, Annual Malope, Purple Spanish Mallow, Maloppi.
Life Cycle: Hardy annual.
Height: 24 to 36 inches (60 to 90 cm).
Native: Mediterranean.
Growing Region: Zones 5 to 10. As a perennial in zones 8 to 10.

Flowers: Summer and autumn.
Flower Details: White, pink. Trumpets. Cup-shaped. Flowers reach 2.5 inches (7 cm) in diameter.
Foliage: Lobed.

Sow Outside: Cover seed. Before last frost. Spacing 10 to 20 inches (30 to 60 cm).
Sow Inside: Mix seeds in a growing medium, place in a freezer bag, keep moist, then stratify by refrigeration for three weeks. Use peat pots. Germination time: two weeks to one month. Temperature 70 to 75°F (21 to 24°C). Five weeks before expected last frost. Transplant outdoors following the last frost.
Requirements: Full sunlight or light shade. Good drainage. Light soils. Provide support.

How to Grow Mallow Wort and other Malope Plants in the Garden

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.

Caring for Mallow wort and other Malope Plants

Mallow wort and other Malope plant species basically look after themselves, though bigger species may require staking.

Common Questions

How many members does the Malope plant genus have?

The Malope genus contains three species of flowering plants.

Do members of Malope make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, Malope species are often grown for their showy trumpet-shaped flowers. They can add a splash of color to borders, beds, and containers.

Which Malope species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

Malope trifida is a favorite among gardeners for its large, vibrant flowers.

Are members of the Malope plant genus fragrant?

While the flowers of Malope are visually appealing, they are typically not fragrant.

What is the perfect location to grow Malope?

Malope plants prefer full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. They are heat tolerant and ideal for warm climates.

Is Malope invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Currently, Malope is not considered invasive in the USA.

How do I remove Malope plants from my garden?

Malope plants can be easily removed by pulling them out, making sure to get all of the roots. They are annuals, so without reseeding, they will not return.


The Malope genus is part of the mallow family, hosting vibrant flowers in shades of pink, white, or purple. These annuals are often used for summer bedding, borders, or cut flower arrangements.

Malope needs full sun and a well-drained soil to flourish. Seeds are usually sown in spring, after the last frost. Though these plants can tolerate drought, it's beneficial to provide them with regular watering during dry periods for the best bloom production.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Malope plants. You may also enjoy my gardening guides on how to grow Cupressus sempervirens, Leyland cypress, and Iberis plants.