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Plant/weed ID please

Anyone know what this is? It appears to be some ground hugging spreading plant and has taken root on the verge out front. I quite like it and have some 'patches' that could do with a bit of colour. So is it a weed per se and if not, can I take cuttings from it?
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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,330
    It is a type of Mallow.
    Normally grown from seed.
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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 10,894
    Mallow (malva)

    Billericay - Essex

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  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 2,899
    Thank you both. I will wait for it to go to seed and harvest a few.
    UK - South Coast Retirement Campus (East)
  • Lol I posted about it yesterday… hope mine grows like the one in your photo. I’m loving the colour .
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  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 2,899
    That'll teach me to read through all the posts - I tend to just look at the potting shed!

    I just hope the local council doesn't tidy up the verge and kill it off before I get my freebie..

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,004
    Looks like the common wild form Malva sylvestris ... not usually 'prostrate' but if it's been walked on etc ...

    There is a prostrate form Malva neglecta ... but the leaves and petals are smaller than they look in your photo.  

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • steveTusteveTu Posts: 2,899
    OK - that fits with what I then google'd on the RHS web site for the mallow - as they said it could grow up to a metre and a half in height. I don't think it's been trodden down though - but the verge was mown a while back, so probably flattened by that (although it doesn't look damaged per se). I'll grab some seeds if I can anyway and see what they do - what the heck eh?
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