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Pest Information

Little Mallow

Little Mallow

  • Latin Name: Malva Parviflora
  • Common Name: Little Mallow
  • Other Names: Cheeseweed, Mallow

Pest Details

Little Mallow

Origin:

Native to Europe and Asia, now found widespread across the U.S., where it is less commmon than "Common" mallow.

Biology:

Typically an annual, but in mild climates can survive the winter and be classified as a biennial.

Identification:

Similar to Common Mallow, but seed pods are flattened and wrinkled, and flowers have short petals. Flowers occur as single flowers or in clusters of 2 to 4 flowers at the base of the leaf stalks. Mature plant is erect, bushy, with many branches and up to 3 feet tall. Leaves are alternate on the stems and are on stalks from 1 to 6 inches long. Small, angular leaf-like structures are often present at the base of the stalks. Leaves are circular with 5 to 7 lobes.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

May grow in any condition – waste lots, orchards, roadsides, street areas, cultivated land.

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