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Althaea officianalis


Marshmallow




Origin:  Native to Africa, and Europe
Family
Malvaceae
Genus
Althaea
Species
officianalis
Category
Perennials
Pronunciation
Height
1.2-1.8 m
Photographs
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
General Description
The marshmellow plant is native to Eastern Europe, and Africa. It is used as a medicine as well as food.
ID Characteristic
Used as a household medicine for skin and teething gum, and to treat swelling of the mucus membrane. It is also editble, it is used to make soup broths.
Habitat
Thrives in full sun, or partly shady areas. Perfers rich, moist garden soil, and marshy areas.
Flower Description
Light pink
Notable Specimens
Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington, Ontario, Canada. The Devonian Botanic Gardens, Devon, Alberta, Canada.
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