Botanist's Glossary

Mallow - Malva sylvestris

  • Description
    • Mallow (Malvaceae family) is a herbaceous plant that grows from 30 cm to 1.2 meters tall. It is often found on wasteland and around fields. It has rounded, toothed leaves and pretty violet-pink 5-petaled flowers with dark veins. Mallow is one of the most widespread European plants and is also found in Central Asia and North Africa. It is naturalized in many regions of the world.
  • Traditions
    • Mallow was grown and eaten by the Romans. Its young leaves can be eaten in salads, while the cooked leaves are laxatives. Its flowers have softening and anti-inflammatory properties and are used in expectorant teas and cough syrups for children. Mallow is also an old veterinary remedy.
  • Properties
    • Rich in mucilage, the leaf extract has emollient, softening and refreshing properties, making it ideal for fragile and irritated skin. Mallow also has soothing, astringent and anti-redness properties.