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Sida cordifolia

Country mallow or ilima (Sida cordifolia) is a non-native Florida landscape weed commonly found throughout Florida. Their distinct soft leaves and small, pale yellow flowers make this weed easy to identify. Seeds, leaves and roots are used to make medicine, however, in 2004 the US Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of this plant. 

  • Scientific Name: Sida cordifolia
  • Common Name: Country mallow; Ilima; Flannel weed; Heart-leaf sida
  • Seasonality: Warm
  • Soil Type: Wet to dry
  • Toxicity: Non-toxic
  • Plant Growth: Annual
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Photos of Sida cordifolia