The five piece mallow (Malva alcea) is a plant of the mallow family (Malvaceae). The plant has vijflobbige leaves. The flower has five petals.
It is an herbaceous, perennial plant, in the Netherlands and Belgium is quite rare. The plant is found in the Betuwe and in coastal areas. Five Piece mallow is on the Belgian Red List of plants and rare or very rare. Five Piece mallow is also used as an ornamental plant, which has seven to nine per m² should be planted. There are a lot of different cultivars.
Five Piece mallow is 0.5 to 1 m high. The upper leaves are deeply incised or two thirds, but the bottom is less deep. The plant blooms from June to September with pink, odorless flowers. The bottom flowers are alone. The 2.5 to 4 cm large flowers have many stamens, which have grown together into a androgynofoor. The fruit is a split fruit. The seeds germinate in autumn. For the flower garden can be sown in April.
In the province of Zeeland the plant is found sometimes in the fields along roadsides, on southern slopes of dykes and hedges. The plant has a sunny, dry to moderately moist, nitrogen-rich soil.
The flowers are visited by honey bees and is also a host for butterfly Larentia clavaria.
Names in other languages:
• German: Sigmarswurz
• English: Hollyhock Mallow, Vervain Mallow
• French: Mauve Alcee
See also: Sending Flowers, Online Florist, Florist