Herbs, Marshmallow - Althaea officinalis
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Herbs, Marshmallow - Althaea officinalis

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Yes, this is the plant responsible for the sticky sweet treat we all know and love. The sugary confection has been made from the root of the Marshmallow plant since ancient times!  Cousin to the hollyhock, used to soothe and soften irritated skin and membranes and to relieve stuck hacking coughs. Also mildly stimulates white blood cell production and relieves urinary tract infections and prostate problems. Harvest root in autumn of the third year. Meanwhile, enjoy the attractive flowers through the summer or eat the velvety leaves in salads. All mallows contain soothing mucilage in the root, and marshmallow has the most, so it makes a great home-garden substitute for slippery elm. For tea, steep roots in cold water for several hours rather than boiling. Plant in cool moist soil. Will self-sow.

Height: 4-6'

Hardiness: Perennial

Days to Maturity: 90