Purple Mallows


As they were suffering from fungus (is there such a fungus as rust in English?)

I had to cut down the mallows in early summer only to find them flourishing right now. Hopefully the seeds will ripen so that I’ll have some new ones next year.


The dried flowers are supposed to be good against colds and coughs when used as herbal tea, though I usually dry them for decoration. For this I simply leave the petals in a large bowl on my window sill (south side, of course) so that after a few days they are as brittle as paper. Together with dried rose petals they look really good in glass bowls, and if you sprinkle some scented oil on them every once in a while, they help to overcome the long, dreary winter by reminding you of the promises the rest of the year has in store ….



3 Responses to “Purple Mallows”

  1. October 6, 2007 at 6:43 am

    We have a related species of plant in India, which we add to herbal teas.
    Mallows are given great importance in Ayurveda, the Indian System of Medicine.
    I’m a holistic Pediatrician, and I surf herbal blogs regularly and this is how I came across your blog!
    http://www.farawaysister.com ( you might find my website of some interest, esp the pages where various herbs are discussed for symptoms ).

  2. 2 Kim
    October 16, 2007 at 1:19 am

    There is a “rust” fungus in English… hollyhocks and some of the ornamental grasses around here are particularly susceptible to rust.

    Your mallows are a particularly pretty shade of purple.

  3. 3 cschwartz
    October 23, 2007 at 7:19 pm


    Sorry for taking so long to approve your comment. We were away for a few days visiting relatives.

    Thanks for replying — the fungus seems to be the same as hollyhocks and mallows are of the same family.

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