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Organic Marshmallow Seeds

Beautiful flowers; tasty, healing roots

Althaea officinalis
Use medicinally, or to make a tasty tea or confection.
Soft, perennial stalks bear delicate, hollyhock-like flowers. All parts of the plant are edible: used to make an old-fashioned confection, or in herbalism to soothe the mucousal membranes and the skin.
Product ID# HE0612 , Certified Organic by NOFA-NY LLC

Currently unavailable. We hope to have this item available for order again by February 3rd, 2018

Detailed Product Info

Marshmallow roots are very mucilagenous and were originally cooked down to make a sugar-sweetened syrup, lozenge, or confection. Used in traditional herbal medicine to soothe and coat the throat and as a poultice to calm skin irritations. Also a beauty of a plant! Soft and hairy perennial stalks bear delicate, hollyhock-like, pale white-blue flowers with purply- red centers in late summer. All parts of the plant are edible. Attractive to pollinators.

Quick Facts
Days to Germination 30-60 days
Days to Maturity 60 days, 2 yrs for root
Planting Depth less than ¼ inch
Spacing in Row 6 inches
Spacing Between Rows 24 inches
Height at Maturity 36 inches
Growing Instructions

Cold stratification required: for spring planting, sow indoors in deep seed-starting pots about ¼" deep, in rich, damp soil. Cover and refrigerate for 4 weeks. Afterwards, move to a 70-degree, well-lit spot for germination, which can take up to 14 days. Transplant outdoors after frost in a perennial bed. Alternately, seeds can be direct sown in fall in areas with a mild winter, or very early spring in colder climates, into a clean, prepared bed.