, also known as Althaea officinalis
, is native to Africa.
is used as a medicinal plant for many Chinese Medicine Practitioners and makes for a beautiful ornamental plant. The Marshmallow
plant has been used medicinally by herbalists for it's ability to soothe irritation of the mouth, throat and stomach, as well as to relieve coughing. Marshmallow
is also believed to have a limited ability to fight infection and boost the immune system.
The dried powdered root of Marshmallow
was once used to make a set of food items that are rich in sugar, possibly the original marshmallows. Until the mid 1800's, Marshmallow
candy was made using the sap of the Marshmallow
plant. Gelatin replaces the sap in modern recipes.
leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. The fresh leaves are a delicious addition to any salad. The leaves can also be used as a potherb to thicken a soup or stew.
The Marshmallow flower
is ideal for growing in cottage gardens and as part of a butterfly garden as it is a favored food of many butterflies and moths.
to learn more about growing Marshmallow plant from Seed
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