Dec. 8, 2017

common mallow, Malva neglecta

The mallow family is full of great big beautiful blooms, hibiscus among them. But when all that enthusiasm was being passed out, common mallow was neglected. These little flowers are hardly more than a quarter inch across, and tend to hide in the leaves. But they grow everywhere, almost as if they're trying to get noticed. Sometimes they do, by kids who find their little wheel-shaped seed heads. Or by gardeners who try to pull these little weeds. That's easier wished than done. The tap roots have a pretty firm grip. This Eurasian and north African native now grows in every state except Florida and Mississippi. and all provinces except LB and YK. Lenawee Co MI (my garden), 6/22/11.