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Malva sylvestris
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Malva sylvestris is an annual (in Egypt and the Levant), biennial (in much of the Mediterranean region) or perennial herb widely distributed in the Palaeoarctic, from Western Europe to the Himalayas and Central Asia, perhaps to China, and naturalised in many of temperate regions.

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According to the source cited above, the plant has quite a few medicinal properties, namely: All parts of the plant are antiphlogistic, astringent, demulcent, diuretic, emollient, expectorant, laxative and salve.  The leaves and flowers can be eaten as part of the diet, or a kind of tea can be made from the leaves, flowers or roots.