A perennial herb occurring as a naturalised garden escape on woodland edges, hedgerows, roadsides and chalk pits. Casual populations also occur, especially on rubbish tips. Lowland.
M. alcea has been grown in British gardens since at least 1597. It was recorded from the wild by 1905, but may have been collected in Cambridgeshire in 1828; intermediates between this species and M. moschata occur. It may be increasing.
Native of temperate Europe.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.