Malva sylvestris L.
Family: Malvaceae
high mallow
Malva sylvestris image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Etymology: Malva: a Latin name for mallow taken from the Greek malache, or malakos, referring to the leaves and an ointment made from the seeds which was supposed to be soothing to the skin
Plants: erect, annual/biennial/perennial, 16"-40" tall forb
Leaves: on hairy stalks, round to kidney-shaped in outline, 3-7 shallow, rounded, toothed lobes
Flowers: red to purple, 5-parted, 1 1/2"-2" wide, petals about the same length as the sepals, on stalks to 2" tall, 3 bractlets below; inflorescence solitary or in a tight cluster from the upper leaf axils; blooms June-Aug.
Habitat: disturbed sites
Conservation Status: Introduced - rarely escaped
Malva sylvestris image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Malva sylvestris image
Kurt Stüber  
Malva sylvestris image
Botanical Illustration  
Malva sylvestris image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Malva sylvestris image
Malva sylvestris image
Botanical Illustration  
Malva sylvestris image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Malva sylvestris image
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