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UK Nature  > Wild Flowers  > Red & Pink Wild Flowers  >
Malva sylvestris




Common Name(s):   Common Mallow
Scientific Name:   Malva sylvestris

Malva sylvestris, more commonly known as Common Mallow, is a member of the Mallow family, growing to 1.2m tall, with a trailing or erect stem. The leaves are stalked, with 3-7 ovate, toothed lobes and the flowers are in groups in the leaf axils. Flowers have an epicalyx with 2-3 lobes and petals 2-3cm long, with dark veins. Fruits about 1cm broad. The individual nutlets have irregular wrinkles along the back, and indistinct radial stripes at the sides. The flowering season is May to September. Usually found on footpaths, waste ground, roadsides and fields. Widespread and common throughout much of the UK.











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