SECTION: Herbs, Marshmallow, Althea officinalis
Same family as hollyhock, similar pink flowers. 3-4’ hardy shrub likes full or partial sun, moist soil. Edible flowers good in salads, tea, lovely garnish. Medicinal: Roots soothe inflamed skin, stomach, mucous membranes, teething. Easy to grow: sow spring or fall, keep moist. Marshmallows were originally made from sugar boiled with the root and whipped--a treat for sore throats.
One packet will plant 50+ sq ft when using 12-18" spacing in the bed.
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EA CULTURE: P Zones 4-9/Spacing 12-18"
SEEDS PER PACKET: 50
SOURCE CODE: C
APPROX GERM DAYS: 21-35
PLANTING DEPTH: Shallow
PACKET LABEL INSTRUCTIONS: This hardy perennial is easy to grow once established. Scarify seeds slightly to aid germination. Start seed in flats or plant directly into garden. Transplant 12-18" apart. Does well in either full sun or partial shade. May be the second year before the first flowering. Grows to about 3-4'.
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