Please help identify these plants in my yard

ilovegreenMarch 16, 2010

I don't know they are weeds or something I can keep..

Please help.

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sf_rhino

Looks like common mallow (Malva neglecta). Generally it is a pretty annoying weed.

They have a long, woody taproot that is hard to pull out. If you want to get rid of them, make sure to not let them go to seed.

Here are some images:
http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=photos_index&where-taxon=Malva+neglecta

    Bookmark   March 16, 2010 at 2:46AM
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ilovegreen

They are already growing all over the place...:(

    Bookmark   March 16, 2010 at 2:57AM
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sf_rhino

Here is a site that deals with removal:

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74127.html

You can eat the new leaves of mallow but they aren't all that palatable. If you cook them, they'll get kind of gummy like okra. They also have pretty little flowers.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2010 at 6:18PM
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vjrnts(zone 6, NY)

You could yank some of them, but I like a few mallows in my garden.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2010 at 6:35PM
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