Mallow belongs to the large family of Malvaceae plants, which includes Hibiscus, okra, and cotton. The Malvaceae family comprises approximately 243 genera and about 4,225 species[1] of trees, shrubs, and herbs distributed over most of the world.

Mallow Flowers

The genus is common in tropical, subtropical, and temperate Europe, Asia, and Africa. This edible plant is used for nutritional and medicinal purposes. The round fruits have cheese-like segments that give the common mallow the nickname of a cheese plant.

Common Mallow

Common mallow is an annual or biennial in winter or summer that branches freely at the base, with prostrate growth.

Mallow Flower Inside

The flowers are single or in clusters in the leaf axils, which bloom from early summer to late autumn. They have five petals and are lilac, pinkish, or white flowers with an average width of 1 to 1.5 cm.

Mallow Flowers

The leaves of the common mallow come in different sizes namely alternate, on long petioles, kidney-shaped to circular, toothed, and flat with 5 to 9 lobes, 2-6 cm wide.

White Mallow Flower

There are short hairs on the top and bottom of the leaves, margins, and petioles. This plant can be between 10 and 60 cm long.

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Key References
  • [1]“Family: Malvaceae (mallow or hibiscus family): Go Botany”. Accessed November 27, 2021. Link.


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