PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Common Mallow

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Malva neglecta / Malvaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  buttonweed, cheeseplant, dwarf mallow and roundleaf mallow

CONDITIONS: full sun
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

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Spring-Fall

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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mellow

Best to cook

Spring-Fall

Buds/Flowers

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mellow

RAW/COOK

Spring-Fall

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

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mellow

DRY/COOK

Spring-Fall

Seeds

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nutty

RAW/COOK

Spring-Fall

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT/CAUTION: Looks like a geranium.  Unlike High Mallow’s smooth leaves, Common Mallow’s leaves are fuzzy to taste and could cause a scratchy sensation in the throat.  Should probably cook the entire plant. Leaves and root mucilaginous. Use as a soup thickener.  Immature seed pod looks like a tiny cheese wheel, said to have nutty flavor. “A decoction of the roots is used as an egg-white substitute for making meringue. The roots are brought to the boil in water and then simmered until the water becomes quite thick. This liquid can then be whisked in much the same way as egg whites[K]. A tea can be made from the dried leaves.” (1) Raw leaves are fuzzy to taste could irritate the throat. 

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Seeds contain 21% protein and 15.2% fat. (3)  MEDICINAL:  Anti-inflammatory;  Antiphlogistic;  Astringent;  Demulcent;  Diuretic;  Emollient;  Expectorant;  Laxative;  Poultice;  Purgative;  Salve. (1) Also: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-192/mallow 

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  a little like Creeping Charlie without the flowers -  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glechoma_hederacea

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:  Cream, yellow and green dyes can be obtained from the plant and the seed heads. The root is used as a toothbrush. (1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

1.      https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Malva+neglecta  

2.      http://www.eattheweeds.com/mallow-madness-the-false-roselle/ (Hibiscus is a related species)

3.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malva_neglecta

4.      http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/mallow.html  (good photos)