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.