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Vervain Mallow is very similar in appearance to another mallow that is often cultivated, Musk Mallow (Malva moschata). Vervain Mallow differs from the latter species by having leaves that are less deeply lobed, floral bracts that are ovate in shape rather than oblong-linear, and mericarps that have hairless outer sides rather than pubescent sides. Another species, High Mallow (Malva sylvestris), differs from the preceding mallows by having leaves that lack secondary lobes and its flowers are often a deeper shade of pink or purple. All of these Eurasian species have attractive flowers.


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Source: Illinois Wildflowers

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