How to Grow English Mallow

English mallow flower image by Alberto Salguero,


English mallow grows in marshy areas across the UK and other parts of Europe. It is related to hollyhocks, with similar tall stalks often reaching 3-5 feet in height, and delicate pink flowers. English mallow is a perennial, although only the roots keep growing during the winter while the rest of the plant dies back. This is a lovely addition to any garden, as long as you live in a very damp climate.

Step 1

Choose a spot to plant your English mallow. English mallow needs full sun and rich moist soil in which to thrive, similar to the marsh environment to which it is native.

Step 2

Plant the English mallow seeds in late fall or early winter. Dig a trench about 5-6 inches deep and 5-6 feet long in which to sprinkle the seeds. Water after planting. Make sure the soil is constantly moist. The trench may be longer if you want more English mallow.

Step 3

Thin the sprouts when they are 6 inches tall to 1 foot between each stalk. As they grow larger, about 2 feet tall, thin to 2 feet between each stalk.

Step 4

Water your English mallow once a day for 10 minutes each watering, unless the ground is already wet enough. Keep the ground constantly moist around the base of each stalk.

Step 5

Trim back the dead stalks in the winter to aid spring growth.

Tips and Warnings

  • English mallow does not grow well in dry weather.

Things You'll Need

  • Rich, constantly moist soil


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Who Can Help

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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo by: Alberto Salguero,