What Is There To Know About Mallow Flowers?

Last updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 09:03 pm

They are the reason why many gardeners plant the mallow in their garden. Whether Mauritanian mallow, cup mallow, beauty mallow or any other type of mallow – they all have visually appealing flowers.


When do they appear?
The mallow flowers appear at different times depending on the species and variety. There are mallows that bloom already at the end of May. Others present their flowers from June and still others from July. The flowering period can last until September.

What Is There To Know About Mallow Flowers?

While some species bloom for only two weeks, others bloom for four weeks or longer and are well remontant (form new flower spikes/rebloom) after a removal of the old flowers.

What do they look like?
Each flower of the mallow is white, pink, light purple, lilac or red. The flowers are solitary or in clusters in the leaf axils – usually in pairs. Some species have up to four flowers in each leaf axil. All mallow flowers have the following characteristics in common, among others. They are:

  • hermaphroditic
  • pentate
  • cupped
  • wide open
  • radially symmetrical

Are they edible?

Mallow flowers are not poisonous , but edible. They taste mild, delicately sweet and pleasant. Their high content of mucilage has a positive effect on the body. Therefore, you can buy in pharmacies so-called cheese poplar tea. This is a tea made from dried flowers or/and leaves of wild mallow.

To preserve the flowers, you do not have to necessarily overwinter their mallow . Freshly grown from seed in the spring, the flowers appear in the summer. These help with:

  • Cough
  • sore throat
  • hoarseness
  • bronchitis
  • Inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
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Tips & Tricks
The flowers of hollyhock or hollyhock are less palatable. They are coarse and melt less on the tongue when chewed than the flowers of other species.


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