Malva neglecta, or common mallow.
I started out with a pink version of this in my garden which is pretty invasive really but easy to cut down/pull out & it’s too delicate really to crowd anything out but can be pretty untidy. It blooms massively though, & reseeds very freely.
I bought a white one & planted it & it’s not as untidy (seems to be shorter & more upright than the pink) & it does reseed but not as vigorously as the pink. I prefer the white by far. It’s one of the purest whites you’ll find in the garden and it doesn’t fade out to an ugly color as it ages. I just recently bothered to look up its edible & herbal properties.
I'm pretty sure that one I've been growing all these years is malva neglecta. Not 100% sure though.
I also harvested angelica leaves (bottom), sage and marjoram.
These are main components in an arthritis salve I made for my parents last year.
They both have arthritis issues with their hands … especially my dad … and they swear by that salve.
There are other things in it as well. Comfrey, rosemary, lavender. Different essential oils as well … juniper, mint, rosemary & lavender.
Thank goodness I found my notes after I packed up my office for house construction. I can recreate it & fine tune it for them. They’re just about out :)
An embarrassment of apple mint :) Then I harvested some more pineapple mint.
Mint Harvest 12 June 2013
I literally got an armful of both the chocolate mint and the apple mint. The apple mint is nice ~ it’s the rounded kind of fuzzy coarser leafed one at the top left. It’s SUPER aggressive though and has spread pretty much everywhere & I tear it out ruthlessly and it doesn’t care.
The chocolate can also be a bit aggressive but not as much. It’s the pointy leaf on on the bottom right.
The pineapple mint is my favorite … it’s a neat tidy variegated adorable plant that sometimes over winters here, sometimes not but I always have a pot of it growing somewhere to admire and enjoy. It smells really lovely …sweeter than most mints and it really does smell like pineapple. Kind of :)
Then the shiny round one sort of in the center is orange mint. I bought a 4” pot of it earlier this year and stuck it in a large pot with a boxwood and it’s doing fine but isn’t a thug like the apple or chocolate mints.
I’ll use the orange mint fresh when I brew tea today … probably a mixture of green tea, a little bit of yerba mate and this fresh orange mint.
The pineapple mint I like to use in body products. Especially infused in coconut oil for lip balm or a nice summer body oil.
The other two I’ll dry for use this winter.
The bottom photo is the big bunch of chocolate mint I harvested out of the chicken garden. It’s shoved into a pretty huge vase. It grows along the fence there next to the chicken run and they won’t eat it … it THRIVES there and is quite handsome and not very difficult to control really when I want to control it. Unlike the apple mint.