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BLUE MALLOW

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Malva sylvestyis. N.O. Malvaceae.

Synonym ► Cheese Flower, Common Mallow, Mauls. Habitat ► Around ledges and roadsides.

Features ► Several erect, hairy stems, two to three feet high. Leaf and flower stalks also hairy. Roundish leaf has five to seven lobes, middle one longest. Numerous flowers (June-September), large reddish-purple, clustered four or five together on axillary stalk.

Part used ► Flowers, herb.

Action ► Demulcent, mucilaginous, pectoral.

1 ounce to 1 pint infusion makes a popular cough and cold remedy.

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