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Malva nicaeensis - All.

Common Name Bull Mallow
Family Malvaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards Although we have seen no reports of toxicity for this species, when grown on nitrogen rich soils (and particularly when these are cultivated inorganically), the leaves of some species tend to concentrate high levels of nitrates in their leaves[76]. The leaves are perfectly wholesome at all other times.
Habitats Stony and rocky ground[200].
Range Europe to W. Asia. An introduced and not infrequent casual in Britain, occasionally established.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Malva nicaeensis Bull Mallow


Malva nicaeensis Bull Mallow

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Malva nicaeensis is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in flower from June to September, and the seeds ripen from July to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

M. borealis.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves;  Seed.
Edible Uses:

Leaves - raw or cooked[177]. A very mild flavour with a mucilaginous texture, they make a very acceptable part of a mixed salad, or a good filling for a salad sandwich, though they are somewhat boring on their own[K]. The cooked leaf has a rather slimy texture[K]. Seed - raw. Best used before it is fully mature, the seed has a pleasant nutty taste but it is rather small and fiddly to harvest[K].

Medicinal Uses



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Analgesic;  Febrifuge.

A decoction of the plant has been used in the treatment of migraine headaches[257]. A poultice of the heated leaves has been applied to the head or stomach to relieve pain[257]. A decoction of the roots has been used to treat fevers, especially in children[257].

Other Uses

Dye;  Hair.

Cream, yellow and green dyes can be obtained from the plant and the seed heads[168]. A decoction of the roots has been used as a hair rinse[257].

Cultivation details

A very easily grown plant, succeeding in ordinary garden soil[1], though it prefers a reasonably well-drained and moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[200]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Plants are prone to infestation by rust fungus[200]. This species is closely related to M. sylvestris[50]. Plants growing in an open sunny position in the Order Beds at Cambridge Botanical gardens are very similar to M. sylvestris and, like that species, are clearly perennial even though we have read reports that they are annual[K].

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Propagation

Seed - sow early spring in situ. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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