Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #49 Common Mallow or Cheeses

Bradlaugh Fields 8th July 003

Showing just how adaptable plants can be, here is Common Mallow pushing up defiantly by the side of the footpath between Fulford Drive and St David’s. Being trodden on has reduced it in size to only a few inches high – it can grow up to several feet tall in more favourable circumstances, and has extremely strong roots which hold fast in the soil.

The name ‘Cheeses‘ comes from the seed-heads which resemble traditional round cheeses. Like many in the Mallow family, eg Okra, Common Mallow is rich in mucilage, which has led to it being used in herbal remedies.

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  1. Pingback: Wildflowers of Bradlaugh Fields #51 Lime Tree or Linden | Visit Bradlaugh Fields

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