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Althaea officinalis (Marsh Mallow) Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Marsh Mallow (Althaea officinalis)  Herb Plant in 1 litre pot

Marsh mallow or Althea officinalis is a tall plant resembling a hollyhock, with velvety grey leaves that are triangular and folded. The large pale pink flowers have a slight veining of darker purple and give way to furry fruits. This is a plant of marshes and a useful one to encourage in damp conditions. 

Growing 1-1.2m tall, this hardy perennial will need cutting back after flowering to maintain a neat shape.

Herb Usage

The roots used to be boiled to a jelly to make the confectionery named after it, and in France dried marsh-mallow roots are still sold as a soother for teething babies to chew on. Infusions of leaves and flowers make a soothing gargle for sore throats. All species in the genus Malva have edible leaves and can be eaten in a salad. Mallow flowers are a sweet and decorative garnish for deserts.Include them in jellies, or crystallize and arrange on mousses or puddings or an iced cake.

Buy Marsh Mallow  Online

Buy our potted Marsh Mallow herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.  




Althaea officinalis (Marsh Mallow) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Damp coastal conditions
Soil Type Moisture retentive soil
Flower Colour Pink
Height 120cm
Spread 90cm
Latin Name Althaea officinalis
Hardiness RHS rating H6 - Hardy - very cold winter
Culinary Desserts/Drinks
Scented Flowers
Medicinal/Cosmetic Infusion
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal
  • 5

    Posted by Rosena Morris on 27th Apr 2023

    Excellent quality arrived in good condition

  • 5
    Very happy

    Posted by Unknown on 23rd Aug 2017

    Quick delivery, well packaged, and nice plant!