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Common mallow

By: Garden Gate staff
Common mallow is a relative of hollyhocks that produces pink, pale blue or white summer flowers.

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Common mallow Malva neglecta

IDENTIFICATION — Common mallow is a relative of hollyhocks that produces pink, pale blue or white summer flowers. It is sometimes called cheeseweed because the seed pods that follow the blooms are shaped like segmented wheels of cheese. These pods turn brown in summer and split open to release seeds.

FAVORITE CONDITIONS — In full sun to light shade and moist soil, common mallow can sprout in fall or early spring, producing flowers and seeds the following summer.

CONTROL — This weed has a short taproot, which makes it easy to pull or hoe.

Published: Sept. 22, 2009
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