Malva pusilla is an annual/biennial plant originating in Eurasia, where it traditionally has been used as a medical herb. The species grows up to 30 cm high. The whole plant is edible, and flowers are decorative with a mild flavor and a color varying from white to purple or pink. It may also be used as a garden flower. Dyes in green or yellow can be obtained from both plant and seed. Mallow is easily grown, preferably in rich soils with sunny setting. The plant is frost tolerant and self-fertile, pollinated by bees and flowers from June to September. The medical uses for low mallow are the same as for other mallow species, although Malva pusilla is less active than for example common mallow and marsh mallow. Uses include external treatment of bruises, insect bites, diseases of the respiratory system and inflammation of the urinary- and digestive systems. Leaves and flowers are the most used parts, and these can be eaten as they are or used in tea.
Start the sowing in early April in a broadcast tray under light conditions (preferably in greenhouse at 20-23° C). Initially tray substrate should be used. Cover the seeds to a depth of 0.5 cm. Transplant the plants into small individual pots in pot substrate when large enough to handle. The pots can be placed in an unheated greenhouse, or outside when no risk of frost. Plant outside in field when fully rooted.