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Botanical name: Althaea officinalis
Other names: Marsh mallow, Romney marsh
Species: A. officinalis - A. officinalis is a hardy biennial, with greyish velvety leaves and white flowers flushed deep pink in summer.
Althaea officinalis is: Deciduous
Flower: White, Flushed pink in Summer
Foliage: Grey-green in Summer
Diseases: Susceptible to a rust.
Pruning: Cut back after flowering.. REGISTER to read more...
Propagation methods: Seed. REGISTER to read more...
Althaea officinalis (Marsh mallow) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2 years.
Suggested uses: Beds and borders, Bog garden, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Waterside, Wildlife
Cultivation: Plant in damp, moist soil in full sun. Staking is advised particularly in windy locations.
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|Soil types:||Clay, Loamy, Sandy|
|Soil drainage:||Moist but well-drained, Boggy damp conditions, Moisture-retentive|
|Soil pH:||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Aspect:||South, East, West|
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Marsh-mallow is a tall plant resembling a hollyhock. Some people consider it to be difficult to grow in the garden, but it is widely available from nurseries. The slimy roots used to be boiled to a jelly to make the confectionery named after it; in France dried marsh-mallow roots are still sold as a soother for teething babies to chew on.The name Althaea is derived from the Greek altho, meaning to cure - from its healing properties; whilst the plant family name Malvaceae comes from the Greek malake meaning soft, from the particular qualities of the mallow family in softening and healing.
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