A picture of a Mallow

Mallow

Malva neglecta

Also known as

Dwarf mallow, Common mallow

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

Mallow 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 with Mallow

Relative problem free

How to harvest Mallow

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

How to propagate Mallow

Seed

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

Cuttings

Propagate from cuttings or seed.

Special features of Mallow

Wet sites

Florish in wet areas

Pioneer

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

Other uses of Mallow

Medicinal

Young leaves are soft and full of vitamins and minerals.

Edible

The seed is a good source of protein and fat.