Unusual lilac and cream flower spikes in late summer with velvety leaves.
Certainly worth growing in a part of a garden that isn’t too dry.
The modern ‘Marshmallow’ sweet is no longer made from the Marshmallow plant – it was originally used in France in the early 1800’s.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
How easy is it to grow:
This is quite an impressive plant for a herb garden, border or patio and it is fairly easy to grow in a soil that has some moisture in it, but it is susceptible to rust (see ‘Care and Maintenance’ below).
Botanical name: Althaea officinalis.
Marshmallow culinary uses:
Use leaves and flowers in soups and with boiled roots.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, good for filling a space at the back of a flower bed.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil where not too dry.
How much moisture:
Moist, wet soils or normal moisture.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
In the early autumn trim hard down to ground level and remove all leaf debris to stop the spread of rust.
If there are any stems and leaves with brown spots, cut off at ground level and pick up any fallen leaves.
Size of plant:
Height 1 m.
Spread 50 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 4 plants per square metre.
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