Mallow flowers

Mallow flowers

Mallow is a genus of herbaceous plants that belong to the Malvaceae family. The plant originates in Europe and Asia and has had a wide diffusion in the area of ​​the Mediterranean basin and in the mountain regions up to an altitude of 1300 meters. It can grow spontaneously both in fields and in grassy areas, but also along the roads. Mallow has an erect, very robust stem, completely covered with a down. The height of the plant varies between 30 centimeters and one meter, with a solid tap root. The leaves have serrated edges with a fluff covering on both pages. Mallow flowers are characterized by having 5 bilobed petals, with a pink color that has tendencies towards purple. Mallow, like sunflower, is heliotropic, so it moves following the

Properties of mallow

Mallow is used thanks to its calming and relaxing properties, thanks to the presence of mucilages that are present in the leaves and flowers. In fact, mallow is often used to prepare herbal teas, or its extracts could be used to make tablets, syrups or candies. Mallow could also be exploited for its emollient and anti-inflammatory properties. The emollient activity is able to act on the tissues by covering them with mucilage and protecting them from agents that could be irritating, thus promoting healing. The anti-inflammatory action acts more deeply in the tissues favoring the calming action. The action of the mallow could also favor the functionality of the intestine thanks to a

Mallow cultivation

Mallow flowers are able to grow adequately in many environments, even if they prefer an exposure in full sun, or in partial shade. The mallow could resist correctly both with high and low temperatures, but it would be advisable to place it in an area away from drafts or in areas not too windy. The ideal soil for the cultivation of mallow should be rich in organic substances, deep and with adequate drainage, but it could also be sandy and even dry, absolutely to be avoided, however, too compact and clayey soils. The mallow should be watered regularly, especially in the hottest periods of the year, while in winter and autumn it would be advisable to reduce the frequency. However, water stagnation should be avoided.

Mallow flower care

The planting of mallow flowers should take place at the end of summer, or at the end of winter, trying to avoid the coldest periods of the year. Repotting, on the other hand, should be done in spring and only when the seedlings have reached a height of about 10 centimeters. Mallow does not require abundant fertilization, it would be advisable to provide a slow release granular fertilizer, with a frequency of once every 4 months, avoiding however the spring period which is the most suitable for the collection of flowers and leaves. The mallow should not be pruned, it would be necessary to eliminate only the parts that are dry or damaged, or to shorten the branches at the end of flowering. Flowering begins in spring and continues throughout the summer.

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