Perennial

Marshmallow

NZ $2.95

Description

This is the true Marshmallow and not to be confused with the common Mallow. The flowers are mauve pink in colour and grow in clusters in the leaf axils. Romans, Greeks, and Arabs all used this plant medicinally, indeed its botanical name comes from a Greek word meaning 'to heal'. All parts of the plant are used nowadays for many medicinal and cosmetic purposes. The well-known Marshmallow sweets were originally made from this plant, from the powdered root, until the present starch and sugar concoction took over. Although it will thrive in most situations, it is at its best where there is plenty of moisture.

Maturity 90 days from transplant.

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4820

Althaea officinalis

Information

OPTIMUM SOIL TEMP FOR GERMINATION DAYS TO GERMINATION HEIGHT DISTANCE APART TO PLANT SEEDLINGS WHEN TO SOW NUMBER OF SEEDS PER PACKET PREFERRED GROWING METHOD BEST USE
15-25 14-28 120cm-icon 120cm 30cm-icon 30cm 1.2.3 250 Transplant-icon Transplant Medicinal Plant-icon Medicinal Plant

KEY to WHEN TO SOW

  1 Early Spring 2 Late Spring &
Early Summer
3 Late Summer &
Early Autumn

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