PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: High Mallow

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Malva sylvestris / Malvaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  cheeses, tall mallow, French hollyhock

CONDITIONS: full sun
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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mellow

RAW/BOIL

Spring-Fall

Buds/Flowers

mellow

RAW

Spring-Summer

Fruits

 

RAW/BOIL

Summer-Fall

Roots

       

Seeds

nutty

 

Summer-Fall

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION:  small

 

COMMENT/CAUTION: Unlike common mallow’s fuzzy leaves, high mallow leaves are smooth. Use leaves in salads, dried and steeped in tea, or in soups. Mucilaginous with a mild pleasant flavour, in soups they act as a thickener. Immature seed - raw. Used as a nibble, the seeds have a nice nutty flavor.  Flowers used in salads and as decoration (1)

 

NUTRITION/ MEDICINAL:  https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-192/mallow

http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=28313 Antiphlogistic;  Astringent;  Demulcent;  Diuretic;  Emollient;  Expectorant;  Laxative;  Salve. (1)  “…used in traditional medicine since ancient times, and is still used in herbalism. Mucilage is present in many of the Malvaceae family including M. sylvestris, especially the fruit. The seeds are used internally in a decoction or herbal tea as a demulcent, and the leaves may be used in poultices as an emollient for external applications.” (3)

 

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OTHER USES: The species has long been used as a natural yellow dye, perhaps more recently, cream color, yellow and green dyes can be obtained from the plant and the seeds. A tincture of the flowers can make a very sensitive test for alkalis. (3) The leaves are used to relieve insect bites and stings. A fibre obtained from the stems is useful for cordage, textiles and paper making. (1)

 

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

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

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

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

4.      http://northernbushcraft.com/topic.php?name=high+mallow&region=ab&ctgy=edible_plants (good photos)

5.      http://www.ba-bamail.com/content.aspx?emailid=28313