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Organic Marshmallow
Organic Marshmallow


 
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A beautiful cousin of the Hollyhock, we appreciate Marshmallow for its velvet foliage and showy flowers on elegant 4 to 6 foot plants with gentle, deeply healing medicinal qualities.

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Organic Marshmallow
A beautiful cousin of the Hollyhock, we appreciate Marshmallow for its velvet foliage and showy flowers on elegant 4 to 6 foot plants with gentle, deeply healing medicinal qualities. Marshmallow root is nutritious, soothing to the digestion, stimulating to the immune system and helps prevent and repair ulcerations. It also soothes irritated membranes and relieves hacking, uncontrollable coughs. Similar in function to Slippery Elm, Marshmallow is a much more sustainable alternative. Steep its roots in cold water for several hours rather than boiling the root for optimum medicinal benefit.

70 days to flower
3 years to root harvest
Althaea officinalis

Planting: A hardy perennial in Zone 3, Marshmallow is best sown as soon as it is ripe in late summer and can be difficult to germinate consistently. For best results, ‘cold stratify’ seeds for 4-6 weeks in a moist paper towel in a closed plastic bag in the fridge before you sown indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. While Marshmallow will thrive in most soils it prefers cool, moist soil in partial or full shade where it will readily self-sow in Zone 4 or warmer.

Seed Saving: Saving Marshmallow seed is easy: simply wait for each flower to form a dry ring of seed that readily separates in your hands and toss immediately in the place you want it to grow in the future for the best results.




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