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Mallow

Malva neglecta

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

9a

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

60cm

Max

30cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Overview

Small annual that self-seed and is considered a weed in many countries although it is edible and can be grown as an edible crop too. The seed is a good source of protein and fat and thus a balanced energy source, while the young leaves are soft and full of vitamins and minerals. Eat them raw tossed into a salad or blanche to use as a green vegetable.

Common problems

Relative problem free

    Harvesting

    Pick leaves while young and soft. Harvest seed after flowering.

    Propagation

    Seed

    Selfseed easily. Catch seed after flowering as the seedpods turn green.

    Special Features

    Wet sites

    Florish in wet areas

    Pioneer

    Quickly self-seed and establish on open or newly worked soils.

    Uses

    Medicinal

    Young leaves are soft and full of vitamins and minerals.

    Edible

    The seed is a good source of protein and fat.