Common Name: Mallow
Cultivar: 'Mont Blanc'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy
Time to plant seeds: April to May
Flowering period: June to September
This is a modern variety of an old cottage garden plant, very hardy and fast-growing, and freely seeding itself for future years - the ripe seeds are easily gathered for storing before pulling plants up in the autumn. It is a native of southern Europe and Syria, but is not deterred by cooler climates, and may be sown outdoors in autumn to flower earlier than from spring sowings. 'Mont Blanc' is the perfect variety for grouping in sunny spots in borders, where the pure white blooms, 10cm (4in) across, stand out as shining highlights all summer.
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