Common Mallow - Malva sylvestris - Butterfly Host Plant

Shady Oak Butterfly Farm


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Common Mallow

Malva sylvestris

Zones: 4-8

Plant Type: Biennial/Perennial

Height: 12-24 in.

Plant Spacing: 18-24 in.

Light Requirements: Part shade to full sun

Water Requirements: Medium

Soil Requirements: Well-drained soil, requires regular watering

Host Plant For: Painted Lady and Tropical Checkered-Skipper Butterfly

Starter Plants are not large enough to feed larvae.

One 4" potted plant will feed 2-3 larvae.


Plant Common Mallow in your yard to attract butterflies and enjoy watching the butterfly life cycle!

A few of the butterflies and moths we raise at Shady Oak Butterfly Farm