Mallow

Malva neglecta

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Winter, Spring

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.

Special features

Origin

Difficult to determine - it grows in most countries in the world

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Young leaves are soft and full of vitamins and minerals.

Edible

The seed is a good source of protein and fat.

Personality

Family

Malvaceae

Flower colour

Pink

Scent

None

Problems

Relative problem free
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