Montana Outdoors

June 7, 2018

Mallow Ninebark

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 8:00 am

Mallow Ninebark

Mallow Ninebark ~ Physocarpus malvaceus

Mallow Ninebark is a deciduous shrub that will grow up to 6 feet tall and adorns itself with these clusters of flowers in spring and early summer. Its name comes from the belief that there are nine layers of fibrous bark on its stems.


  1. Those little knobs on the end of each spike give it a unique look. It’s almost like a protective barrier against insects trying to land on it.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 7, 2018 @ 8:51 am

    • That approach is interesting and whatever it does must be effective because I see a lot of wildflowers using it. I wonder if it might brush off some pollen from the insects that are landing on it.

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      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2018 @ 1:25 pm

  2. This one really fooled me. The mallow in the name made me think it was part of that family, but it’s in the rose family! Not only that, it looks so much like a dewberry or blackberry blossom, I thought it might be related to those. Imagine my surprise when I found blackberries and dewberries are in the rose family, too. Somehow I’d missed that — sometimes I feel like I’ve stumbled into someone’s family reunion when I start tracking these things down!

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    Comment by shoreacres — June 7, 2018 @ 3:08 pm

    • I know what you mean. I’m often surprised at the families that plants are in, but I’m not enough of a botanist to understand all of the workings at play there. This is so different from what I’m used to in the rose family. Even in my favorite plant book it resides in the section of “shrubs”, which makes sense too because the plant is so large compared to most of the rose family.


      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2018 @ 4:39 pm

  3. I don’t think I’ve heard of this one. The flowers are unusual with that sunken crater like area in the center. Spiders seem to like them!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 7, 2018 @ 3:52 pm

    • The blossoms are different even from other plants that have a similar array. That’s a yellow crab spider, which is very common here and I’ve found it on many different species of flowers. I’ve seen it on yellow tulips in my garden too.


      Comment by montucky — June 7, 2018 @ 4:43 pm

  4. Lovely flowers and interesting name.

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    Comment by Vicki — June 7, 2018 @ 6:32 pm

  5. Very pretty and unusual to me, for sure.

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    Comment by Candace — June 8, 2018 @ 8:21 am

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