Pretty Little Blue

lorilee

Sumner, United States

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Photo taken As Is using my Canon PowerShot S2 IS. The Common or Blue Mallow is a robust plant 3 or 4 feet high, growing freely in field, hedgerows and on waste ground. Its stem is round, thick and strong, the leaves stalked, roundish, five to seven lobed, downy, with stellate hairs and the veins prominent on the underside. The flowers are showy, bright mauve-purple, with dark veins. When they first expand in early June, the plant is handsome, but as the summer advances, the leaves lose their deep green color and stems assume a ragged apprearance. The foliage when boiled, forms a wholesome vegetable, The seeds, or ‘cheeses,’ are also edible. The flowers were used formerly on May Day by country people for strewing before their doors and weaving into garlands. I found this one near the Sweet Marsh in a ditch near my home in northeast Iowa. Mid-spring bloom time. Photo taken May 21, 2009.
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