Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for High Mallow - Malva sylvestris   L.
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DistributionRecorded from only 4 counties: Orange, Randolph, Rowan, and Wayne. First collected in 1923, behind the fire station in Chapel Hill, Orange Co. Plants at the Randolph site were originally planted and merely persistent.

Native of Eurasia and north Africa. In N.A., from southern Canada south to SC, TN, LA, TX, UT, CA.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatRoad fill, yard weed, disturbed ground, waste area.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-September.
IdentificationHigh Mallow grows from 1.5-4 feet tall. The larger leaves are rounded in outline, shallowly 5-lobed, and crenate on the margins. The flowers grow singly in leaf axils or 2-4 together, pink to purple with darker lines; petals are 16-30 mm long.
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State RankSE
Global RankGNR
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B.A. SorrieRoadside edge of yard south of Whynot, June 2023. RandolphPhoto_non_natural
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