Marsh Mallow, Mallow, Althaea officinalis, Medicinal Seeds, 80 Seeds Per Pack, Organically Grown, GMO Free Seeds
Marsh Mallow a perennial species indigenous to Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa, which is used as a medicinal plant and ornamental plant. A confection made from the root since ancient Egyptian time evolved into today’s marshmallow treat.
Origination: Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa
Its soothing demulcent properties make it very effective in treating inflammations and irritations of the mucous membranes such as the alimentary canal, the urinary and the respiratory organs
The root counters excess stomach acid, peptic ulceration and gastritis It is also applied externally to bruises, sprains, aching muscles, insect bites, skin inflammations, splinters etc
The whole plant, but especially the root, is antitussive, demulcent, diuretic, highly emollient, slightly laxative and odontalgic
The root can be used in an ointment for treating boils and abscesses
The German Commission E Monographs, a therapeutic guide to herbal medicine, approve Althaea officinalis Marsh Mallow for irritation of mouth and throat and associated dry cough/bronchitis (Root and leaf), mild stomach lining inflammation (root)
Height: 3 to 4 feet
Hardiness: Zone 3-7
Characteristics: The stems, which die down in the autumn, are erect, 3 to 4 ft (0.91 to 1.22 m), simple, or putting out only a few lateral branches. The leaves, shortly petioled, are roundish, ovate-cordate, 2 to 3 in (51 to 76 mm) long, and about 11⁄4 inch broad, entire or three to five lobed, irregularly toothed at the margin, and thick. They are soft and velvety on both sides, due to a dense covering of stellate hairs. The flowers are shaped like those of the common mallow, but are smaller and of a pale colour, and are either axillary, or in panicles, more often the latter.
Uses: medicinal herbs
Best to direct sow in later summer or early fall. Sow just below surface, keeping moist until germination. Germination can be irregular often taking several months. Sow 5-6 seeds every 12-18 inches apart. Grow in partial sun but can take shade or full sun. prefers rich soil that retains moisture. Once established this perennial will self-seed but is not aggressive.