Pest Information

Bristly Mallow

Bristly Mallow

  • Latin Name: Modiola Caroliniana
  • Common Name: Bristly Mallow
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Bristly Mallow
Bristly Mallow
Bristly Mallow
Bristly Mallow


Native to tropical Americas, and widespread in California.


A perennial broadleaf weed, with spreading stems that stay low to the ground and may grow to 18 inches long. Grows in turf and landscape.


Mature plants may spread out to 3 feet across due to spreading nature of stems. Leaves are up to 1.5 inches in diameter, shiny green and with wavy, lobed margins. Flowers are less than ½ inch wide and are dull red, 5 petals, with a darker center.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

In turf it may be effectively controlled with a systemic, selective herbicide.

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