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Althaea officinalis 'Marsh Mallow' Herb Plant (1L)

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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.

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.

Other Details

Growing conditions:
Damp coastal conditions
Flower Colour:
Height x Spread:
1.2m x 90cm
Latin Name:
Althaea officinalis
RHS rating H6

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  1. Very happy 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Aug 2017

    Quick delivery, well packaged, and nice plant!

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