Broadleaf Weed - Common Mallow

(Malva neglecta)

Also known as Cheese weed, Cheeses, Cheese Mallow, Dwarf Mallow, Running Mallow, Malice, Round Dock, Button Weed, Round-Leaved Mallow and Low Mallow, Common Mallow can be a winter or summer annual, or a biennial. “Cheese Weed” can be found in fields, gardens and disturbed areas of turfgrass. Malva neglecta thrives in much of the continental United States.

Identifying Common Mallow -

Able to grow vertically or horizontally, Common Mallow features stems that lie close to the soil surface, with the tips turned upward. Short hairs are present on leaves, margins and stems. It has a straight taproot with a coarsely branched secondary root system. Common Mallow also features lobed leaves, making it easy to confuse with Ground Ivy. Common Mallow can be distinguished from Ground Ivy by the fact that it does not spread from nodes on its stems.

It flowers from May to October, producing purplish-white flowers with dark purple veins. The plant also produces fruit resembling a wheel of cheese, leading to the nicknames “Cheese Weed” and “Cheese Mallow.”

Common Mallow Control -

Common Mallow can usually be controlled with good cultural practices which can increase the health and density of turfgrass, which can restrict the growth of Common Mallow. This broadleaf weed cannot compete with thick, lush turf, making turf management the key to preventing this pest.

Common Mallow

Scotts LawnService uses a selective systemic weed control program to fight Common Mallow in your lawn, which ensures the herbicide is moved throughout the weed, killing it completely root and all.

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