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A weed of cultivation found mainly in farmyards and the corners of farm fields.



Dwarf Mallow: the buttonweed

Post date: Tuesday, 8 September, 2015 - 00:00

The mallow family are attractive flowers, attractive enough for some species to be grown 'intentionally' in gardens. Most of this family however, are happy growing unintentionally any where there is bare ground, often by the sea, but dwarf mallow (Malva neglecta) prefers farmyards and the corners of fields.

Like many 'weeds of cultivation' dwarf mallow is a low growing and rather sprawling plant putting out stems across the ground rather than upwards with the flowers then forming from these steems at ground level. I wonder if that has come about to help it survive the reaping and other farming activity going on at a higher level? Whatever the reason the flowers are quite small, with five petals and a lovel pale mauve colour which I am not sure more photograph reproduces very well. These small flowers at ground level give it its other name of buttonweed.

Although small it is used as a foodplant in some places with the seeds being especially nutritous, 21% protein and 15.5% fat (thanks Wikipedia!) ans is apparently good for digestive problems. 



The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Dwarf Mallow
Scientific Name Malva neglecta
Family Mallow family - Malvaceae
Status Scarce
Interest Level
Species Family Mallow Family - Malvaceae
Flower Colour Group Pink
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
Look for A crawling stream of small pink flowers
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

This species is often found in these habitats:

Habitat(s) Relationship
BA: Arable farmland Associated