Althaea plebeia (Sims) Kuntze
Lavatera plebeia Sims
Malva australiana M.F.Ray
Malva behriana Schltdl.
Common Name: Australian Hollyhock
Malva preissiana is an erect, much-branched, evergreen shrub that can grow up to 4 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Australia - Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territories
Clayey soils and areas subject to flooding[
]. Rocky islands, stony plains, flat valley floors, road verges etc, growing on grey-white or brown sand, red-brown sandy clay, black, brown & red sandy loam, guano, granite, limestone[
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Malva preissiana is native to much of southern and central Australia, avoiding the more tropical regions of the country. It is somewhat tolerant of frost, especially those forms obtained from Tasmania and the southerly parts of mainland Australia.
Easily grown in any ordinary garden soil[
]. Prefers a light well-drained moderately fertile soil in full sun[
]. A soil that is too rich encourages foliar growth at the expense of flowering[
Plants tend to be short-lived. They often grow through the winter in their native environment, flowering in spring and early summer and then often dying. However, they generally self-sow freely when in a suitable position.
Young leaves - raw or cooked.
Root - raw or cooked[
]. A parsnip-like consistency[
The leaves are used as a poultice[
A strong fibre obtained from the stems is used for making string, bags, paper etc[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in early summer.