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Mallow

Malva neglecta

Small annual that self-seed and is considered a weed in many countries although it is edible and can be grown as an edible crop too. The seed is a good source of protein and fat and thus a balanced energy source, while the young leaves are soft and full of vitamins and minerals. Eat them raw tossed into a salad or blanche to use as a green vegetable.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Winter
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer, Winter

Harvesting

Pick leaves while young and soft. Harvest seed after flowering.

Propagation

Seed
Selfseed easily. Catch seed after flowering as the seedpods turn green.

Special features

Wet sites
Florish in wet areas
Pioneer
Quickly self-seed and establish on open or newly worked soils.

Geography

Origin
Difficult to determine - it grows in most countries in the world
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Young leaves are soft and full of vitamins and minerals.
Edible
The seed is a good source of protein and fat.

Personality

Family
Malvaceae
Flower colour
Pink
Scent
None

Problems

Relative problem free

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