Marshmallow is popular with pollinators, but this attractive plant is more than just an eye-pleasing ornamental! Boasting a long history of use in herbalism, it is also the origin of the popular confection of the same name.
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.