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Common Mallow

Common Mallow

Malva sylvestris

What is common mallow?

The stem of the common mallow is round and rather thick. The leaves are rounded in lobbed with hairs on the underside. The mallow flowers are very attractive and are pink or purplish coloured with dark veins. Each flower consists of five petals. The mallow seed are flattened disc resembling cheese (hence the other name cheese flower).

Parts used

The mallow roots, leaves and flowers are used. The mallow leaves can be cooked and eaten as a vegetable. Also the mallow seeds are eatable.


These are typical phytochemicals found in common mallow: common mallow contains of following phytochemicals: malvin, proanthocyanins, rosmarinic acid, anthocyanins, cyanidin.

Benefits of common mallow

Common mallow has been used traditionally to treat cough and as a demulcent. Common mallow helps to reduce irritation associated dry cough. Common mallow contains a lot of mucilage forms a protective layer on inflamed mucous membranes. Crushed mallow leaves can be used to treat rashes and burns.

Common mallow contains anti-oxidants, including polyphenols and anthocyanins, which explains its beneficial effect on gastroenteritis. Eating of mallow leaves will ease gut irritations and will give a laxative effect.

Tea made from mallow roots has diuretic properties and helps to ease painful urination.

Other facts

Common mallow originates from Asia and Europe. Common mellow can be found in fields, roadsides or waste ground. The mallow flowers were used for weaving into garlands on May Day. The flowers are sometimes used as ingredients for its colouring property.

Other names

Common mallow, blue mallow, cheese flower

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