Common Mallow

Scientific Name: Malva neglecta
Family Name: Malvaceae

Flower: ½ - ¾ in. (1.5 – 2 cm.) five-petaled, white flower, with either pink or purple petal veins. Petals are also irregularly wavy at their tips.

Leaf: 1.5 in. (4 cm.) wide, round leaves with irregularly scalloped edges. One leaf grows per stem.

Plant: 2 ft. (60 cm.) long stems, but Common Mallow is often low to the ground despite its long stems, because of the weight of its leaves.

Identifying Characteristics: The large round leaves of the Common Mallow easily distinguish it from other plants.

Location: We found Common Mallow growing near the Brandeis University campus, at the Mount Peake Cemetery. They were growing in a large stand next to the train track side of the road through the cemetery.

History and Comments: Common Mallow is native to Europe, and although its flowers are very attractive, it is considered a weed, growing in waste places and disturbed areas. It often grows in dense patches, choking out native vegetation.

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