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Malvastrum coromandelianum

Malvastrum coromandelianum
three-lobe false mallow
Synonym(s) Malva coromandelianum
Common name three-lobe false mallow
Family malvaceae
Life cycle annual/perennial
Flowers yellow
Size 24-36"
From seed self-seeds in our garden

This plant, reportedly the most common species in its genus, appeared one year in our Texas garden and has since made itself at home in the area behind our pond. It's cheerful enough with its yellow flowers and bright-green serrated leaves, and not difficult to pull up – so I've not tried to eradicate it. I may come to regret that one of these years, but for now it fills in empty spaces, right around the same spot where another (much taller) volunteer, dog fennel (in the background in the right photo) has taken up semi-permanent residence. Any plant that lives through the heat and occasionally prolonged drought of our climate earns some respect from me. For what is supposed to be a common plant (native in the US in Texas and the subtropical southeast), there are surprisingly few references to the plant online – unless it is more commonly known by a botanical synonym.

This is a weed in our garden

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