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Origin: Introduced US Wildflower
Other Common Names: Common Marshamllow, White Mallow
Bloom Time: Summer
Height: 24 in to 48 in
Spacing: 15 in to 18 in
Light: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Wet
USDA Zone: 3a-9b
Germination: No pre-treatment needed. Sow seeds just below the soil surface at 40F and water. Slow to germinate.
Seeds Per Oz: 12000
Until the mid 1800s, Marsh Mallow acted as the thickening agent for the candy known as marshmallows. Confectioners would whip the juice of the root along with egg whites and sugar to make what was then a tasty medicine for children; the soothing, softening effect relieved sore throats and coughs. Other medicinal uses included poultices to reduce inflammation, a cream to soothe skin irritation, and a syrup to treat stomach ulcers or indigestion. The sweet, parsnip like root was eaten as a vegetable in ancient Rome as well as in Middle Eastern countries, being a source of food in famine. Marsh Mallow naturally grows in marshes or near sea coasts.
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