Common Mallow (Cheeses)

Genus Malva
Mallow Family (Malvaceae)



Cheese plant

Common Mallow
  or Cheese plant
(Malva neglecta)

This low-growing plant is a nuisance in lawns and gardens, as well as occurring in neglected places as its name implies. It grows from a long tap root, and spreads widely on the ground.

The blossoms are white or pale pink, with pink veins. They are almost an inch across.

One of its many common names, "cheeses", is from the shape of the seed, which supposedly resembles an uncut cheese. To me, this seed looks more like a small button. (Another common name is "buttonweed".)