Chinese/Whorled Mallow (Malva verticillata)

Biennial growing up to 1.7 m. Tolerates both shade and sun but likes a moist, well-drained soil. It is not frost tender. Flowers July to September and seeds from August to October. Related to the marshmallow and hibiscus plants it is mainly consumed as a tea. The leaves and seeds can be eaten raw or cooked. Leaves added to salads add a pleasant, mild flavor. The seeds have a pleasant nutty taste. Major uses of mallow are as a tea for dry cough and sore throats, or as a topical, gelatinous application for dermatitis. Mallow is also used for treating renal disorders, retention of fluids, diarrhoea and frequent thirst. The leaves and stems have digestive properties. Always consult a professional before using herbs medicinally