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Description for Marshmellow
Althaea officinalis is a perennial species indigenous to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, which is used as a medicinal plant and ornamental plant. The stems, which die down in the autumn, are erect. The leaves are simple (i.e., lobed or unlobed but not separated into leaflets).
The flowers are shaped like those of the common mallow, but are smaller and of a pale color, and are either axillary or in panicles, more often the latter.
Planting and care
In moist soil under full sun, marsh mallow is a hardy plant that grows easily from seeds, cuttings, or root divisions. Seeds should be planted in spring (germination in 2-3 weeks), root divisions in autumn. Thin them to 1-2 foot spacing.
Caring for Marshmellow
- Hollyhock, Marsh Mallow and other Althaea members are easy to take care of as long as they are well spaced, they requires regular watering in the summer and should be staked.
- A second bloom is possible if flowers are removed prior to setting seed.
Typical uses of Marshmellow
Special features: They can be grown in either full sunlight or in partially shaded conditions and bloom with pale pink or white flowers from the middle of summer and through the start of autumn.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: The plant is used for an ornamental purpose.
Medicinal use: Marshmallow leaf and root are used for pain and swelling (inflammation) of the mucous membranes that line the respiratory tract. They are also used for dry cough, inflammation of the lining of the stomach, diarrhea, stomach ulcers, constipation, urinary tract inflammation, and stones in the urinary tract.
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