Weeds in Phoenix Gardens: Common Mallow

Here’s one weed that you’ve probably seen in your garden:  Common Mallow (Malva neglecta).

Common Mallow (Malva neglecta)Also known as Buttonweed or Cheeseweed, Common Mallow comes from the same family as one of our native desert plants, Globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua).  But if you’ve seen Common Mallow’s ability to crowd out other plants in your garden, you know why they call it a weed.

It was brought to the United States from Europe…which is why we have laws banning the transport of plant materials between countries, states and regions.  What grows really well in one area can quickly become invasive in another area.

The best thing you can do for Common Mallow (or most any weed) is simply to pull it by hand.  It gets to the root of the problem (a pun!)…and keeps unnecessary chemicals out of your garden.


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