Snow White Malva
Short and sweet describes this little plant perfectly. Iridescent silver-white flowers float over the foliage, blooming the first season, growing to 16 inches. A good way to get a mass of flowers in the first year would be to plant 5-7 seedlings spread evenly out, in a foot diameter circle, creating a full-grown, established look.
Perennial, Zones 4-7
Germination: 7-21 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface, seeds need light to germinate
Starting Indoors: Start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. Provide 70-75ºF soil temperatures until germination. Transplant 12-18” apart after the last frost.
Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow outdoors in mid-spring or fall. Sow a few seeds every 12”. Thin to the strongest seedling
Growth Habit: Upright branching
Height and Width: 14-16” by 14-16”
Spacing: 12-18” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average to fertile, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms in the second season may bloom the first season when started early indoors
Uses: Cut flowers, cottage and wildflower gardens, borders, attracts bees and butterflies
Care: Pinch back the seedlings to encourage more branching. Drought tolerant once established. Deadhead to encourage more flower production. Self-seeds