Mallows are common weeds of waste areas and untended gardens. They vary from small weeds of lawns to tall plants up to 2 metres.
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Mallows vary in form from creeping to tall and upright but almost all have 5-7 lobbed soft leaves with toothed edges. Their attractive flowers are veined pink or pink/white and bell shaped.
Did You Know
- Mallows are of the genus Malvaceae. This is derived from 'Malva' the greek for soft or soothing because a emollient can be produced from the seeds. There are several species of mallow weed in the family including tree mallow, small-flowered mallow, large-flowered mallow, Turk's cap, creeping mallow and paddy lucerne.
- Latin names: Tree mallow - Malva dendromorpha, Small-flowered mallow - Malva parviflora, Large-flowered mallow - Malva sylvestris, Turk's cap - Malvaviscus arboreus, Creeping mallow -Modiola caroliniana, Paddy lucerne - Sida rhombifolia.