Flowers and Fruits
Flowers are present June to september. They are carried on stalks and the petals have a purple / pink colour with distinctive darker veins.
There are five 'notched' petals and underneath these are five largish sepals. The fruit (if formed) is a ring of nutlets - shaped a bit like a doughnut.
Leaves and Stem
The leaves on the stem have between 5 or 7 lobes, / divisions whereas those close to the ground are more rounded (or have shallow lobes).
The plant can be quite 'hairy' as seen on these flower buds
Ecology and other notes
The common mallow or Malva sylvestris is a perennial.
It can grow to a height of 90 cm (circa 3 feet).
It is to be found on well drained soil - in sheltered places.