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Malva neglecta

Malva neglecta

Malva neglecta

Malva neglecta

Malva neglecta (Cheeseweed, Cheese Mallow)
Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Foothills. Fields, lawns, disturbed areas. Summer.
Near Yellowjacket Canyon, July 24, 2004 and September 10, 2014.

Cheeseweed is a common and successful non-native plant of disturbed areas.  It is deep rooted so it survives drought, it grows rapidly, and it reproduces easily. Its flowers are small and dainty; leaves are rounded, lobed, and serrated; and stems are red, thick, and sprawling (often to several feet).  Hairs abound.

The common name, "Cheeseweed" comes from the little seed packets that look like cheese wheels.  Once the folded green covers fall away, you can really see the tiny cheese wheels.

Linnaeus named this genus in 1753 and C. F. Wallroth named the species from a specimen he collected in Germany in the 1820s.

Malva neglecta

Malva neglecta

Malva neglecta (Cheeseweed, Cheese Mallow)
Malvaceae (Mallow Family)

Foothills. Fields, lawns, disturbed areas. Summer.
Near Yellowjacket Canyon, July 24, 2004 and September 10, 2014.

Range map © John Kartesz,
Floristic Synthesis of North America

State Color Key

Species present in state and native
Species present in state and exotic
Species not present in state

County Color Key

Species present and not rare
Species present and rare
Species extirpated (historic)
Species extinct
Species noxious
Species exotic and present
Native species, but adventive in state
Eradicated
Questionable presence

Range map for Malva neglecta