COMMON MALLOW, Malva neglecta Wallr. 1, young plant; 2, flower; 3, seed pod; 4, seed. Annual or biennial with a short straight taproot, reproducing by seeds. Stems branching, nearly erect, or spreading on the surface of the ground with tip generally turning up. Leaves large, circular in outline, simple, toothed or slightly lobed, mostly hairy, on very long slender petioles. Flowers small, with 5 whitish petals, borne singly or in clusters at bases of petioles. Seed pod a flattened disk, when ripe breaking up into 10 to 20 small, hairy, 1-seeded sections. Seed nearly round, flattened, reddish-brown, about 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) in diameter, notched. Found in cultivated fields, waste places, gardens, yards, lawns, and roadsides.