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Common Mallow

Malva sylvestris

Plant Data

Order:
Malvales
Family:
Malvaceae (Mallow)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Pinkish-purple with dark veins, up to 4cm. 5 notched petals. Flower stalks are slender.
Fruit:
Round, flat, cheese-like wedges (nutlets) in 10 to 20 sections. This flower is sometimes called 'cheeseweed' because of the shape of its fruit. The fruit are also net-veined and sharp-edged.
Leaves:
The leaves are palmately lobed, toothed and stalked.
Maximum Size:
150cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
All parts of the plant are edible and it has a similar taste to spinach.
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:
Blue Mallow, Bread-and-cheese, Cheese Cakes, Cheese Flower, Cheese Plant, Cheeses, Cheeseweed, Country Mallow, Creeping Charlie, High Mallow, Hock, Hock Herb, Low Mallow, Marsh Mallow, Mauls, Maws, Pick-cheese, Round Dock, Tall Mallow, Wild Mallow, Wood Mallow.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, grassland, hedgerows, roadsides, seaside, wasteland.