bristly mallow

COMMON NAME: Bristly mallow
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Modiola caroliniana 
FAMILY: Malvaceae
LIFECYCLE: Perennial, possible annual
FEATURES: Spreads by stolons. Leaves alternate, simple, with palmate venation and serrate edges. Leaves
with sparse stiff hairs giving leaves a “bristly” feel. On flowering stem leaves become more finely
divided along five main leaf veins. Plant pubescent throughout including flower calyx. Petals
red-orange to pink about 1 cm in diameter. Fruit ring-shaped, flat on top.
DESCRIPTION: Common prostrate perennial weed in Southeastern U.S. Common in droughty, closely mown
turfgrass areas as well as ornamental beds.

Broad View Whole plant

Broad View
Whole plant

Broad View Prostrate growth habit.

Broad View
Prostrate growth habit.

Flower / Seed Head Side view of flowering stem

Flower / Seed Head
Side view of flowering stem

Flower / Seed Head Flower and unopened flower close-up.

Flower / Seed Head
Flower and unopened flower close-up.