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Rough Mallow

Malva hirsuta

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Malvales
Family:
Malvaceae (Mallow)
Type:
Flower
Life Cycle:
Annual or Biennial
Maximum Size:
50 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Farmland, wasteland, woodland.

Flower:
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Pink, 5 petals
 
Lilac-coloured flowers about 1 inch (2.5cm) in size. The tips are the petals are very slightly notched. The outer sepal ring forms a lobed cup.
Fruit:
A nutlet.
Leaves:
3 to 5 lobed leaves, sometimes palmately lobed. The upper leaves are more deeply lobed than the lower leaves. Like a small version of Musk Mallow (Malva moschata). Annual, sometimes biennial.
Frequency (UK):
Unusual  
Similar Species:
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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