Chinese Mallow - Malva verticillata


This plant can vary in height up to 1 metre or more, but is often shorter. The pink or mauve flowers grow in whorls or clusters in the nodes of branches.  Leaves can be variable, some sharp pointed, some more rounded. The fruits are only faintly ridged.

Similar Species

Other Mallows, especially Dwarf Mallow

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen may be requested to confirm identification.


Occurs casually on rough or waste grounds but does not often persist.

When to see it

Usually flowering June to August but recorded flowering in March in Britain.

Life History

Short-lived perennial or annual.

UK Status

Widespread but infrequent records of this plant in the wild in Britain.

VC55 Status

Rare, or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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