Mallow, Common - Malva neglecta

(Buttonweed, Cheeseplant, Cheeseweed, Dwarf Mallow and Roundleaf Mallow)

Family: Malvaceae - Non-native originating in Eurasia & North Africa


1. Against the church wall by #11 (GPS - N35D32'59.718 X W105D41'21.318)

2. Throughout the trail

Flowers first observed: 3/27/17

The Plant

Plant w/Flowers
The Flower


 "Widespread across most of the United States, not found in Mississippi, Louisiana, or Florida." (SEINet)


"Malva neglecta is an annual growing to 0.6 m (2ft). It is also known as common mallow in the United States and also buttonweed, cheeseplant, cheeseweed, dwarf mallow and roundleaf mallow.[2] Although often considered a weed, this plant is often consumed as a food. [3][4][5] This is especially true of the seeds, which contain 21% protein and 15.2% fat.[6] The plant is an invasive species in the United States.[7]" (Wikipedia)

Ethnobotanical Uses


"Cherokee Dermatological Aid Flowers put in oil and mixed with tallow for use on sores. Iroquois Dermatological Aid Compound infusion of plants applied as poultice to swellings of all kinds. Emetic Infusion of smashed plant taken to vomit for a love medicine. Gastrointestinal Aid Compound decoction of plants applied as poultice to baby's swollen stomach.--- Orthopedic Aid Cold, compound infusion of leaves applied as poultice to broken bones. Compound decoction of plants applied to baby's sore back.---Mahuna Analgesic Aid Plant used for painful congestion of the stomach. --- Navajo, Ramah Other Cold infusion of plant taken and used as a lotion for injury or swelling."(Moerman 334)

"Primarily used as a demulcent or emollient. The fresh or dried leaves make a soothing poultice, lessening pain and reducing inflammation. The tea is pleasant and green tasting, a good beverage by itself but especially soothing to sore throats and tonsillitis. A rounded teaspoon to a tablespoon of the herb is steeped in water and sipped slowly when somewhat cold, as often as needed. Strictly palliative but effective. The tea will help indigestion and stomach sensitivity and has a mildly soothing effect upon bladder and urethra irritability. The tea is traditionally drunk in New Mexico for facilitation labor in childbirth and as a wash for skin irritations in infants. The tea is also a mild expectorant and diuretic." (Moore 101)

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