The name is derived from the Greek word malakós, meaning “soft” or “mellow”, and probably refers to the herb’s relaxing qualities.

Malva sylvestris
Malva sylvestris


Plant family Mallow
Flowering season June to October
Harvest Flowers: June to October, leaves: July to August
Signature properties Eye-catching violet flowers; the shape of the fruit is similar to a wheel of cheese.
Vegetation Sunny slopes at altitudes of up to 1500 m above sea level, edges of pathways and by fences, sunny grassland


Why does the herb have yellow or brown leaves?

Towards the end of their growththe green leaves of herbs increasingly turn yellow and brown. This indicates that the plant is preparing for winter and increasingly suspends photosynthesis. This process depends on climatic conditions such as sunshine duration, temperature and soil moisture. Due to Arosa's altitude, the nights get cold very early, causing discoloration to beginalreadyin late summer. But do not worry: in spring the herb sprouts anew and shines again in rich green.


The Chinese and the Romans

Mallow has enjoyed a prominent role in many cultures throughout history, with the Chinese and the Romans being just two examples. The Chinese were making cups of reddish mallow tea as far back as 5000 years ago. Meanwhile, the Romans mixed mallow with oil, salt, honey and wine to make “omnimorbium”, an all-purpose remedy.

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