Marshmallow

Scientific Name: 
Althaea officinalis
Family Name: 
Malvaceae
Place of Origin: 
Africa
Plant Description: 
A hardy perennial features soft velvety leaves and pale pink flowers that appear midsummer to early autumn. The stems die down in Autumn.
Plant Height: 
1.2m
Plant Use: 
Edible
Medicinal
Harvest Period: 
Harvest the leaves as needed and before the plant blooms. Harvest the flowers before they wither.
Of Interest: 
Leaves, flowers and roots can all be used. An old recipe made from the root has since become a fake confectionary that contains non of the original plant at all. Young leaves/flowers can be added to salads as well as fried or boiled. It was used in a variety of medicinal ways. Has been used as a food in times of famine.
Annual, Biannual or Perennial: 
Perennial
Plant Type: 
Flower
Climate: 
Temperate
Cool Temperate
Deciduous or Evergreen: 
Deciduous

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