Dwarf Mallow - Malva neglecta


Low to short sprawling, hairy plant. Leaves kidney shaped to rounded-heart-shaped in outline with 5 to 7 very shallow toothed lobes. Flowers pale lilac to whitish usually with darker veins, 15 to 25 mm in clusters of 3 to 6. Petals with bearded claws at least twice as long as the sepals.

Identification difficulty

Waysides and waste places, dry habitats, sometimes at the base of a wall.

When to see it

May to September.

Life History


UK Status

Most British records come from England. It is found elsewhere but is not as common.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 102 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map