What’s the Mallow?

A second time in my life when a mallow continues to grow in abundance in the cracks of sidewalks and such.  The variety in Arizona had peach-colored flowers and is named Globe Mallow.  The one here in Vermont is pretty in pink and sporting flowers like a hibiscus.  They remind me of Prim Rose.  It even grows down in Rhode Island, though I don’t remember seeing it, say, four years ago.  I’ve been wondering lately if I would begin to see trends in wild flowers through my lifetime.   The seasons seem to be shifting…

But I digress.

5 Petals on the flower, deeply lobed leaves with rounded ‘teeth’ along its edge.  Like the five-finger Potentilla her leaves are lobed nearly like fingers.  I am no longer in possession of a Newcomb’s guide and my Peterson medicinal and edible guides are much more efficient if you’ve got the plant identified already.  So with my magic-future-cyber-book (aka the ol’ laptop) I google “pink wildflower mallow vermont july” and there she shows up in a variety of photos.

I am reminded that this particular mallow’s that of the musk – Malva moschata – “Musk Mallow”.  Peterson Field Guides “Edible Wild Plants” describes it as 5 petals with stamens in bushy columns…and that it’s an “okralike thickener” which can be used to thicken just about anything.  For this you would use the leaves or tender new shoots.  Okra is in the mallow family as well – Malvaceae – and apparently so is Cotton.

I’m not seeing a whole lot documented on the medicinal actions of this plant.  I feel a burst of unconditional love reaching forth inviting me to grow love from anywhere.  Spiritually, vibrationally.  Doctrine of Signatures lends itself to spreading unconditional love with the hands.  During a recent meditation, my guide told me the color of energy appears from its vibrational frequencies.  Makes sense.  I’ve always associated the bloom’s color with its chakra look-a-like, but I just recently started thinking of it as a form of energy that vibrates at the same frequency – therefore giving each chakra a different frequency.  Does that mean the root chakra’s vibrational waves are more spread about between crests than that of the crown chakra?  I saw an area of the sky two days ago that had the pink gray hue like a rainbow was about to appear.  I could feel it on its way – and sure enough just a few minutes later it appeared.  Can we turn all color into energy and vice versa?  Can we sing in colors?  Maybe this is where we find our song with our herb allies.  Mmmm feels good.

Now I remember researching the Musk Mallow last summer… oh yes.  Actual medicine documentation is hard to come by.  Pink, multiple blooms, knee height, finger-like leaves….What do you think?….The doctrine screams of unconditional love – the vibrations of the flowers exuding that of the heart chakra – pure uninterrupted love.  I’m having the book Joy Luck Club flash through my brain – maybe this plant has something to do with relating family…  Maybe it’s native to Asia.  Let’s see google…

@ MonikaBecker ” Irisflora Essence No. 11 – Moschus-Malve (musk-mallow, malva moschata) – After a change of location (moving house or to/from a different country), this essence will help us to feel at home in the new environment, to “strike root” and to overcome the initial feeling of homelessness and isolation. This essence also helps… those people who feel they are different from their fellow-humans and have difficulties to make contact with others. On a physical level, musk-mallow helps with skin problems.”

@ diamon-naturals.us  Flower Essence: Assists acceptability, social oneness, for those who feel ill at ease socially.  For accepting the transformation processes that manifest themselves over one’s life. Eliminates tension and stresses due to a fear of aging. On another plane, it develops trust and heartiness in shy people. Allows one to surmount insecurity and introversion.”

@Botanical.com – free ed. of Maude Grieves’ A Modern Herbal: “The root is white and is the part used. It has the same virtues as the Common Mallow, but is not quite as strong, and the leaves have similar properties. ”

@ bearmedicineherbals.com this link discusses the common theme among the mallows, with detail

@ luirig.altervista.org  the source of the photos



No matter the Mallow, I love you.





4 thoughts on “What’s the Mallow?

  1. When I worked at Shelburne Museum I would see a little mallow in the cracks and roadside gravel and asked a fellow worker who happened to be a flower lady from italy, and the way she said it, Maaaaalvaa just stuck with me. Lovely.

  2. I should have added that the English word mallow also was taken from Latin malva, which Old English borrowed as mealwe (that’s not as strange as it might seem, because the Romans pronounced the letter v the way we pronounce our w).

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