27th May 2016

Tree Mallow: Along Bexhill prom, mum was astonished to see this huge and beautiful plant, about 6 feet high, growing out of the shingle beach. It is the biennial Tree Mallow, and is native along Western cliffs and beaches but is thought to have naturalised from gardens in the south. It can be a nuisance on some Scottish Islands, making it hard for Puffins to get access to their burrows. Like all Mallows, parts of the plants are edible- the seeds and leaves. The leaves also used to be used as poultices for sprains. Conditions: Cloudy and dry. Temperature: Max 16- Min 9c.IMG_6592

Tree Mallow

Tree Mallow

The Tree Mallow can grow to 10 feet on shingle alone

The Tree Mallow can grow to 10 feet on shingle alone

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