Get Them Before They Go to Seed, Mallow Edition

Sometimes called wild geranium. Winner of the worst weed in my yard contest.

Mallow is one of my least favorite weeds in my yard- I mean, I can live with dandelion most of the time, I don’t consider clover a weed at all, bindweed is annoying, and thistles hurt, but mallow is like that kid in class who always wants to share his journal entry out loud and it goes on and on, or like a raspberry seed in your teeth, or the wind that picks up as you’re leaving the park. It gets on my last nerve…

Mallow has deep, branching roots, so unlike dandelion, where sometimes a mighty pull can get up most of of the root, usually when I pull mallow, even when the soil is nice and moist, the plant just breaks off at the crown, and then comes back.

Supposedly it is edible. I guess that is one way to get rid of it…sigh. I just hate it.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pdiddy
    Aug 08, 2011 @ 07:37:16

    It IS edible and apparently it’s chock full of good nutrients AND it’s not too untasty.


  2. Luther Miller
    Jan 29, 2012 @ 10:30:18

    Also Mallow is the host plant for some butterflies such as the West Coast Lady — e.g. it is where they lay their eggs and what their caterpillars eat.


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