common mallow

Common mallow (Malva neglecta). Photo: Betty Marose

Updated: April 16, 2021

General description 

Life cycle: annual or biennial
Growth habit: grows up to 1 ft. high, leaves alternate, rounded, palmately veined with toothed margins, on long petioles
Reproduction: reproduces by seed; flowers 5-petaled, pale lavender to white; button-like fruit similar to hollyhock
Conditions that favor growth: low maintenance turf areas, landscapes, and nursery crops

Management in lawns

Cultural lawn care practices

Maintain healthy, dense turf that can compete and prevent weed establishment.

Mechanical Management

  • Hand pulling or using an appropriate weeding tool are the primary means of mechanical weed control in lawns. This is a viable option at the beginning of an infestation and on young weeds. Hand pulling when the soil is moist makes the task easier. Weeds with tap roots like dandelions or have a basal rosette (leaves clustered close to the ground) like plantain are easier to pull than weeds such as Bermudagrass (wiregrass) or creeping Charlie (ground ivy) that spread with stolons or creeping stems that root along the ground.

Chemical treatment in lawns

*Do not spray herbicides containing dicamba over the root zone of trees and shrubs. Roots can absorb the product possibly causing plant damage. Refer to the product label for precautions.