The author is shown next to a 7-foot-tall mallow plant. Mallow normally never gets much taller than about 3 feet. (Photo: Francisco Loaiza)


Mallow can soothe your throat and skin (and it also makes a nice salad)

NAME: MALLOW (Malva neglecta and M. parviflora)


Mallow is an urban plant that’s widely regarded as a weed. It’s one of the most common wild plants found in vacant lots, disturbed soils and even cracks in the cement in an alley. Mallow leaves are roundish in outline and are palmately divided into seven to 11 shallow lobes, with a margin of small teeth. Wher

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