Malva verticillata L.
Synonym: Malva crispa
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 5
Wetness Index: UPL
Physiognomy: Ad A-Forb

M. crispa of Michigan Flora.

A Eurasian species, sometimes cultivated and rarely found as a waif in disturbed ground. Collected by O. A. Farwell at Detroit, Wayne Co. in 1893.

Our escaped plant is the variant with attractively curled leaf margins that is grown as an ornamental and a salad vegetable, and often treated as M. verticillata var. crispa L. The petals at anthesis are distinctly longer than the sepals, but the latter enlarge considerably and are persistent around the nearly concealed fruit, while in M. neglecta and M. pusilla the sepals scarcely enlarge and the fruit is ± exposed. Malva verticillata tends to be a more erect plant than the weedy M. neglecta, which also has relatively long petals.


Wayne County


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. November 29, 2022.