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 ….