Reddish Vale Country Park
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Musk Mallow is a native perennial of pastures, grassy banks, hedgerows and roadsides and sometimes grown in gardens.
Common throughout England and Wales; rare elsewhere.
Grows to a height of 70cm.
It used to be used, like common Mallow, for poultices and in cough mixtures.
Musk Mallow is a member of the Malva genus which contains about 25 species.
Malva was also the name of an ancient Roman city in present Romania. It is also an alternative spelling for the Indian region and state, Malwa.
This plant is one of the earliest cited in recorded literature. Horace mentions it in a reference to his own diet, which he decribed as very simple: "Me pascunt olivae, me cichorea, me malvae" ("As for me, olives, endives and mallows provide substenance").
Lord Monboddo describes his translation of an ancient epigram that demonstrates Malva was planted upon graves of the ancients, stemming from the belief that the dead could feed on such perfect plants.