Height 90cm (3ft)
Planting distance 23cm (9in)
Flowers early summer until early autumn
Mallow-wort is one of the easiest – and showiest – of hardy annuals. Its striking trumpet-shapedadd bright colours to annual and mixed borders all summer, and they are also good for cutting. The species, Malope trifida, grows to 90cm (3ft) high, bearing its blooms in large clusters. The form usually offered is ‘Grandiflora’, with large flowers borne in great profusion.
Seed mixtures, producing white, rose-pink, crimson or rich purple flowers, are readily available as well as single-coloured strains, such as ‘Pink Queen’ and ‘White Queen’.
Sow seeds outdoors in the flowering site, just covering them with soil. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to 23cm (9in) apart.
Malopes will grow in any kind of soil, preferably light and well-drained; they do best in a sunny position. Self-sown seedlings occur if the surrounding soil is left undisturbed.
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