A more elegant relative of the Common Mallow, the Musk Mallow has delicate pale pink flowers and grows on roadside verges, in hedgerows, pastures and churchyards, and along the edges of fields. It favours dry places and is a popular cottage garden plant.
How to identify
The flowers of Musk Mallow appear in July and August and have a musky smell, hence the common name. They have five petals which are pale pink with fine, darker pink veins. The stems and lobed leaves are hairy.
Where to find it
Mainly found in England and Wales, but it does grow in parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.
When to find it
How can people help
Although they sometimes don't look especially wildlife-friendly, our roadside verges, railway cuttings and churchyards can provide valuable habitats for all kinds of plants and animals. The Wildlife Trusts get involved in different projects to help make these places as beneficial for wildlife as possible. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.