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Marshmallow Seeds

Our Price: $3.89
Number of Seeds per Pack: 50-100

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Marshmallow Seeds

Marshmallow, also known as Althaea officinalis, is native to Africa.

Marshmallow 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.

Marshmallow 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.

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Additional Details
  • Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee)
  • Genus: Althaea (AL-thay-uh)
  • Species: officinalis (oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss)
  • Cultivar:
  • AKA: Althaea officinalis, Marsh Mallow, Common Marshmallow
  • Category: Herbs, Perennials
  • Height: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
  • Spacing: 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
  • Germination Time:
  • Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
  • Bloom Time: Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall
  • Bloom Color: Pale Pink, White/Near White
  • Foliage: Herbaceous, Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured
  • Soil Requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
  • Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse. From seed; stratify if sowing indoors. From seed; sow indoors before last frost
  • Other Details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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