*Modiola caroliniana

Family Malvaceae

Red Flowered Mallow, Carolina Mallow

Prostrate herb rooting at nodes, stems spreading to 30 cm. Longevity less than 2 years.

Flowers: Orange-red, August – April.

Fruit: Capsule 7 – 9 mm diameter, with about 20 segments, each containing 2 seeds, October – December.


Gallery images: seed, seedling, rootstock, resprout


  • Native of South America.
  • Weed of grasslands, woodland and along roadsides in full sun.
  • Common at the Australian Botanic Garden.
  • Possibly killed by fire.

Asterisk * indicates exotic species naturalised at the Australian Botanic Garden.

Ecology of Cumberland Plain Woodland

Modiola caroliniana plant

Modiola caroliniana flower

Modiola caroliniana fruit