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Re: My question on marshmallow

Message from Kathy C

In forum: Identify a plant

HI, Donna,
Your Althaea officinalis (Marsh mallow) is a perennial so it will come up each year - it is sometimes classed as a biennial because it tends to be relatively short-lived. What do you use the leaves for? It's primary use is to treat sore throats.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 25th June 2012 21:04

Althaea officinalis

Comment from Miriam Mesa-Villalba

In forum: Althaea officinalis

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.

  • Posted: Sun. 7th June 2009 09:21