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[ 3521 ]Althaea officinalis

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Althaea officinalis
plant overview
soft, soothing and sweet

Marshmallow is a perennial flowering plant originally native to Europe, where it is typically found along stream banks, salt marshes and other damp places. Also known as Mortification Koot and Schloss Tea, marshmallow leaf has a long history of use as a culinary herb and the root of the plant is the original source of the confection of the same name. Because the entire plant and especially the root contains a high degree of mucilage, the herb is often used to make syrup and throat lozenges. Marshmallow is also commonly used in teas and to produce lotions, creams and ointments.

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A Bit of Botany

a little botanical information on marshmallow

Althaea officinalis is a plant of the Malvaceae family. It has stems which stand erect at 3-4 feet with only a few lateral branches, that die down in the fall.

The thick, roundish, ovate-cordate shaped leaves have short stalks that join to the plant's stem. They are 2-3 inches in length and about 1¼ inch wide and are irregularly toothed at the margin. A dense covering of stellate hairs makes the leaves soft and velvety on both sides.

Although the flowers are shaped like those of the common mallow, they are smaller, pale, and often grown in panicles (loose, branching clusters). The flower's stamens are united into a tube, the anthers are kidney-shaped and one-celled. Marshmallow blooms in the late summer (August and September) and the flowers are followed, by the flat, round fruit which are often called cheeses.

And so true Marshmallow is distinguished from other Mallows by: 1) the numerous divisions of the outer calyx (six to nine cleft); 2) by the hoary down which thickly clothes the stems and foliage; 2) and by the numerous panicles of pale blush-colored flowers.

The perennial Marshmallow roots has long thick roots that taper at the end. They are very tough and pliant. The roots are whitish yellow on the outside with a fibrous white interior. The whole plant, the root in particular, abounds with mild mucilage. The mucilage is much more emollient than the mucilage of the common Mallow.

common names & nomenclature
Both the generic name Althaea and the family name are derived from Greek. Althaea from altho and Malvaceae from the Greek malake. The common names with marsh are in reference to the marsh habitats where the plant grows; whereas the common name cheeses is a popular name for the plant's fruit.

Also known as:
marshmallow, marsh mallow, common marshmallow, mallards, moorish mallow, sweet weed, wymote, mortification root, cheeses, althea, schloss tea, white maoow, hock herb, mauls

Marshmallow, the soft, soothing, and sweet plant

Where in the World

habitat and range for marshmallow

Althaea officinalis is native to Europe, also found in Asia, Africa, and has naturalized in North America.

Cultivation & Harvesting

considerations for growing and harvesting marshmallow

Marshmallow can be found growing wild in salt marshes and ditches in full sun.

It can tolerate most soil types, including saline soils.

Sow seeds in the spring. This plant prefers a moist location with full sun. The marshmallow plant is self-fertilizing and will reseed on its own, however stratification can improve germination rates and time. Once large enough to handle, transplant seedlings into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.

Plants may also be divided or reproduced via root cuttings.

Marshmallow leaves should be picked just as the plant begins to flower. The root has the highest mucilage content in the winter and should be harvested as late as possible in the season. Choose a dry day, and harvest from plants at least two years old.

Marshmallow Root is often dried and powdered.

Store dried marshmallow leaves and dried marshmallow root in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

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