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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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08 September, 2015

Dwarf Mallow: the buttonweed | Nature Notes from Dorset

The mallow family are attractive flowers, attractive enough for some species to be grown 'intentionally' in gardens. Most of this family however, are happy growing unintentionally any where there is bare ground, often by the sea, but dwarf mallow (Malva neglecta) prefers farmyards and the corners of fields.
Like many 'weeds of cultivation' dwarf mallow is a low growing and rather sprawling plant putting out stems across the ground rather than upwards with the flowers then forming from these steems at ground level. I wonder if that has come about to help it survive the reaping and other farming activity going on at a higher level? Whatever the reason the flowers are quite small, with five petals and a lovel pale mauve colour which I am not sure more photograph reproduces very well. These small flowers at ground level give it its other name

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