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Tree Mallow

Malva arborea

Plant Data

Order:
Malvales
Family:
Malvaceae (Mallow)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Flowers grow in clusters of 2 to 7 and are purplish-pink with purple veins and a dark centre. 5 notched petals. Flowers reach a maximum of 4cm across.
Fruit:
A disc-shaped nutlet.
Leaves:
Soft, downy, stalked, Ivy-shaped leaves with 5 to 7 lobes, up to 20cm across. The branches of Tree Mallow are woody and this is the only woody UK Mallow species.
Maximum Size:
3m tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten in salads, raw or cooked.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Lavatera.
Habitats:
Rocks, sand dunes, sea cliffs, seaside, wasteland.