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Malva sylvestris


The Mallow is a spreading hairy biennial herb, with strong, round and hairy stem, dark green lobed leaves and striking purple five petaled flowers. It can grow up to 1 m tall, and can be growing straight upwards or creeping (like here).


European species, widespread and growing in various habitats, often found on rough and rocky ground, or close to roads and around ruins. Here, seen creeping up the slopes of a small pond, on edges of broad-leaved forested zone, outskirts of urban center and on the Franco-Swiss border.


The plant found its uses in traditional medicine and herbalism, as the seed decoction are used as soothing agent for mucous membranes; while leaves are used in poultices as skin-moisturiser. Young leaves can also be used boiled, as vegetables.

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Zlatan Celebic
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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Aug 23, 2018
Submitted on Aug 29, 2018

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