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Musk Mallow (Malva Moschata)

The mallow is another wildflower of Nova Scotia which comes to us from Europe. There are two principal varieties of mallow: the Dwarf (neglecta) and the musk (moschata) and quite frankly I have yet to figure out the difference between the two; I suspect a lot can be told from the arrangement of the petals. I have seen pink and white flowers. The leaves are described as intricately cut.
"Leaves used to reduce inflammations and ease bee stings, and in poultices to treat ulcers and hemorrhoids. Tea made from an infusion of the flowers given for colds and bronchitis." (Clevely.)
Habitant: The mallow will grow in sunny places, along roadsides, field edges and vacant lots.

Pink Mallow

White Mallow

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Peter Landry

2011