Malva pusilla

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round-leaved mallow, low mallow

Malva pusilla Sm.


Malva rotundifolia L., nom. utique rej.

  • Moss, Flora of Alberta – Common(Malva rotundifolia)
  • Global Invasive Species Database – No
  • NatureServe Rank – Not yet assessed
  • Haber, Upland – No
  • Haber, Wetland – No
  • CWF, Status & Invasive Range – No
  • Alberta Revegetation Guidelines – No
  • The Nature Conservancy – No
  • CBCN – No
  • AB Weed – No


An agricultural nuisance, but not a problem in natural areas?

As treated by Moss, includes Common Mallow (Malva neglecta) and Low Mallow (Malva pusilla), both of which occur in Alberta according to USDA Plants.

Edible, like ''Malva sylvestris'' L.

[1] Link to Wikipedia, Malva pusilla - "...native to temperate and Mediterranean Europe, Turkey, Caucasia, and northwest Iran.[2] It is invasive to North America, Europe, and Korea.[3]

"...grows rapidly as a weed in gardens and farmlands. It is considered hard to get rid of because of its long and tough taproots.[7]Among cultivated crops, it can be very competitive and it can spread very quickly.[8] Herbicide control options of this mallow are limited and not highly effective.[8]..."

[2] Link to USDA Plants, profile for Malva pusilla Sm. low mallow

Malva pusilla Sm. click to enlarge >>
round-leaved mallow, Malva pusilla Sm. (C. A. M. Lindeman, public domain)

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