African native. The original source of an Egyptian confection that evolved into today’s marshmallows. The roots and velvety leaves have been eaten as a vegetable for centuries, often fried with onion and garlic. 3-4 foot stems of 1-2 inch, white-to-pink flowers are reminiscent of hollyhocks, to which this plant is related. Also renowned in various folk cultures for its medicinal properties.
- 8-12 hours of Sun
- Sprouts in 14-21 Days
- Ideal Temperature: 60 Degrees F
- Seed Depth: 1/4"
- Plant Spacing: 12-24"
- Frost Hardy: Yes
- Althaea officinalis
Growing Tips: Cold-stratify 4-6 weeks, grow indoors, and set transplants out after frost. Or direct seed in late winter, very early spring. Harvest roots starting second year from planting.