The Carolina bristlemallow (Modiola caroliniana) belongs to Malvaceae (the Mallow family). It is an annual or perennial herb that is native to tropical America and warm temperate North America. This herb grows in gardens, lawns, waste places, and up to a height of 25 cm. The stems are prostrate, hairy and can root at the nodes. The leaves are ovate to broad-ovate alternate and are 3-4cm long and 2-3cm wide. They are reniform, round or triangular in shape with 3 to 7 toothed lobes. The orange-red or red, solitary flowers have 5 petals and bloom on peduncles in the leaf axils from February to June. The fruit is a wheel-shaped schizocarp, 7-9 mm in diameter.