Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Virginia Mallow
Sida hermaphrodita
Family: Malvaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  T
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G3
State Rank: S2S3

Loose sandy or rocky soil in open areas resulting from flooding along riverbanks, floodplains.

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Early July to late August.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Virginia mallow is a plant over 1 m in height and has deeply palmately lobed leaves (shaped like a star emanatling from the stem base). The flowers are white.

Avoid changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions at the site. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or vegetation removal that would result in increased erosion.

Global Range:
Native range thought to center on 4 disjunct areas: Potomac and Susquehanna watersheds in Pennsylvania, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia; southeastern Indiana, extreme southern Ohio, western West Virginia, and adjacent northeastern Kentucky; (formerly) northeastern corner of Tennessee; and the Great Lakes region (northeastern Indiana, northwestern Ohio, Michigan, and southeastern Ontario). The native status of some occurrences in the Great Lakes region is uncertain (some are currently thought to have been introduced), but at least the Ontario occurrences are considered native, and at least one source (Spooner et al. 1985) argues that this region is part of the native distribuion.

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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