Malva parviflora is an annual found in areas such as S.W. Europe. A casual in Britain. A member of the Malvaceae family, Malva parviflora L is also known by its common name of Cheeseweed. The Annual can grow to a height of 0.5 meters and up to meters wide. The preferred habitat of Fields and waste land[50]., with LMH soil and SN moisture levels. .

Cheeseweed is a zone hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of Cheeseweed is 2The whole plant is emollient and pectoral[114, 240]. It can be used as a poultice on swellings, running sores and boils[257]. The seeds are demulcent[240]. They are used in the treatment of coughs and ulcers in the bladder[240]. A decoction of the roots or leaves has been used as a hair rinse to remove dandruff and to soften the hair[257].

Malva parviflora is a non flowering plant which is pollinated by Insects.

Known hazards of the plant: Although we have seen no reports of toxicity for this species, when grown on nitrogen rich soils (and particularly when these are cultivated inorganically), the leaves of some species tend to concentrate high levels of nitrates in their leaves[76]. The leaves are perfectly wholesome at all other times.

The plant has an edibility rating of 3Leaves - raw or cooked as a potherb[61, 114, 183]. A mild pleasant flavour, they make a very acceptable alternative to lettuce in salads[K]. Immature seeds - raw or cooked[114, 183]. They are used to make a creamed
vegetable soup that resembles pea soup[183]. A few leaves are also added for colouring[183]. The seeds have a pleasant nutty flavour, though they are too small for most people to want to collect in quantity[K].

Cultivation tips: A very easily grown plant, succeeding in ordinary garden soil[1], though it prefers a reasonably well-drained and moderately fertile soil in a sunny position[200]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of rabbits[233]. Plants are prone to infestation by rust fungus[200].

. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - sow early spring in situ. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.

Leaves - raw or cooked as a potherb[61, 114, 183]. A mild pleasant flavour, they make a very acceptable alternative to lettuce in salads[K]. Immature seeds - raw or cooked[114, 183]. They are used to make a creamed vegetable soup that resembles pea soup[183]. A few leaves are also added for colouring[183]. The seeds have a pleasant nutty flavour, though they are too small for most people to want to collect in quantity[K].