Common Mallow
Malva sylvestris

Height up to 1.5m
Upright or spreading perennial of grassy verges and disturbed ground. Leaves are rounded at base but 5-lobed on stem. Purple-veined pink flowers, 25­40mm across, appear June­October. Widespread and common in S Britain but scarce elsewhere.

Musk Mallow
Malva moschata

Height up to 75cm
Perennial of dry, grassy places. Widespread and locally common in England
and Wales but scarce elsewhere. Leaves rounded and 3-lobed at base but
increasingly dissected up the stem. Pale pink flowers, 30­60mm across, are
seen July­August.

Ref: British Wildlife Guide, Lineone.

Dwarf mallow

Malva neglecta

A tiny creeping form of mallow. It is common in most parts of Europe, including Britain, and in Western Asia. In Egypt, especially upon the banks of the Nile, it is extensively cultivated and used by the natives as a pot-herb.
Ref: nature1



Ref: PFAF:
When grown on nitrogen rich soils (and particularly when these are
inorganic), the plant tends to concentrate high levels of nitrates in its
leaves[76]. The leaves are perfectly wholesome at all other times.

A very easily grown plant, succeeding in ordinary garden soil[1] and in poor
soils[238]. It prefers a reasonably well-drained and moderately fertile soil
in a sunny position[200], where it will produce a better crop of salad

Plants are hardy to about -20°c[187].



Malva species are very high in Vitamin A, so avoid overdosing!




Tortoises are also fond of the flowers (but not the leaves) of the larger 'Tree Mallows', eg Lavatera rosea.

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