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Marsh Mallow Seed

Althaea officinalis

$4.95

Althaea officinalis

Yes, this is the plant responsible for the sticky sweet treat we all know and love. The sugary confection has been made from the root of the Marshmallow plant since ancient times! A lovely, ornamental plant in addition to its medicinal and culinary properties, Marshmallow is a perennial shrub that offers large, pale pink blooms on erect plants with large green leaves.

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Care Information

Germination

10 – 14 days.

Days to Maturity

75 – 85 days.

Sowing

Transplant (recommended): Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Provide 60-70 degree soil temperatures. Transplant 10-12″ apart.
Direct seed: Sow outdoors in spring when soil warms. Sow a few seeds every 4-6″, thin to 10-12″ apart.

Soil Requirements

Rich, moist, and well drained

Light Preference

Full Sun (6 hours of direct light or more)

Plant Spacing

10 – 12″

Hardiness Zones

Zones 3 – 9

Harvest

Harvest the leaves of the marsh mallow plant when the flowers begin to bloom. Roots can be harvested in the fall of the second year of growth, or in the spring or fall of the third year.

Uses

The flowers, leaves, stem and roots are all filled with potent mucilage, perfect for helping break up respiratory congestion and healing irritated mucosa. Marsh mallow has also been used historically as an anti-inflammatory, helping relieve respiratory ailments above all.
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