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Marshmallow (Althaea Officinalis) - 50 Seeds

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Marshmallow (Althaea Officinalis) - 50 Seeds

•Non-GMO
•American grown seeds
•Bee Friendly
•Butterfly Friendly
•Hummingbird Friendly
•USDA Zone: 3-9

Description:
It is easy to grow from Marsh Mallow seeds, and it also makes a lovely flowering display as well as having therapeutic benefits. It is a branching plant that reaches 36 to 48 inches in height. The stems are slightly wooly and the leaves are soft and downy. The flowers reach 2 inches across, have 5 petals and range in color from white to reddish-white. Hummingbirds enjoy their sweet nectar.

The Marshmallow root is yellow-white and sweet. It is similar in taste to a parsnip. The roots can be harvested in the fall for drying. The history of our modern day sugary marshmallow goes back to this herb plant. The gummy substance, mucilage, was actually the thickening ingredient in a dessert made from egg whites.

Medicinal Properties:
Marshmallow root is a mucilaginous herb with a cooling and soothing nature used for ulcers, colitis, gastritis, and urinary inflammation or cystitis. The root has shown a mild immune-activating effect in laboratory tests, and it is taken for dry coughs and lung inflammation or dryness. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make marshmallow useful as a mouthwash. Marshmallow root is often added to other warmer and more active herbs to moderate their harshness, especially for urinary tract and upper respiratory tract infections.

Planting Instructions:
Direct sow in late fall planting 5-6 seeds per plant just below the surface soil spaced 18-24" apart. For spring planting, mix the seeds with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days before direct sowing. To start indoors, sow seeds in flats or individual peat pots keeping the soil lightly moist and at a temperature of 80-85° until germination. Keep the seedlings evenly moist and transplant outdoors when the weather warms.

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