Marshmallow (Althea officinicalis) takes its common name from the sugary confection that it was once used to make.
Not surprisingly, the roots are highly mucilaginous, and a tea brewed from them is used medicinally to soothe stomach complaints caused by inflammation. It is also often infused into oils or used as a poultice to treat skin irritations.
The young, tender leaves can be eaten fresh in a salad, but can get tough pretty quickly so I prefer them cooked a bit first.
Special Notes: Perennial. Prefers moist soil and full sun or part shade. Hardy zone 3-9.
Approximately 50+ seeds per packet.
Seed Starting and Growing: Direct sow in spring or fall. If you have any trouble with germination, try scratching the seed coat lightly with sandpaper first.
About You Grow Girl Seeds:
All of the seeds that I sell were lovingly homegrown and harvested by me, small scale, in my urban garden using organic methods only -- no chemicals or pesticides whatsoever. Tomato varieties are isolated to stay true using the flower bagging method and I test for germination quality. I take special care in choosing varieties that I find unusual, interesting and fabulous, and/or especially suitable for growing in small space gardens.