Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) Plant



Althaea officinalis (or common marshmallow) is 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.
Growing Zones:3 – 10
Native Range:
Mature Height:4 – 6 feet
Mature Width:18 – 24 inches
Spacing:15 – 18 inches
Sunlight:Full Sun
Soil Type:Average, moist
Growth Rate:Fast
Leaf Description:Soft
Bloom Time:Summer
Bloom Description:Pale pink-white
Harvest:Leaf, Flower, Flowering Tops, Root, Whole Plant
Harvest Time:Summer, Root – Fall of 2nd or 3rd year
Drought Tolerance:Poor
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