Malvaceae
Malva neglecta

Cheeseweed

Stems prostrate, with tips growing upward, densely hairy. Leaves circular to kidney-shaped, with shallow lobes. Flowers 1–6 in cluster at base of leaves, petals pale lilac or white with darker penciling and hairy base, each about 1/2 in. across. Found in disturbed places. Called cheeseweed because the fruits are round and flat like a wheel of cheese. Common weed of lawns and gardens at low to mid elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Annual, Biennial, Perennial
  • Height: 6--24 inches
  • Habitat: Disturbed
  • Found In: Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, Steens, N Cascades NP
  • Native: No