Marsh Mallow (Althaea officinalis)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Althaea officinalis Accepted
Althaea taurinensis Synonym
Althaea villosa Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Leaves: Other: Palmately lobed leaves w/soft velvety texture
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Salt tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Stratify seeds: Place in refrigerator 4 to 6 weeks or plant seeds outdoors mid-winter
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Self

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Aug 27, 2013 4:14 AM

The seed is best sown as soon as it is harvested in late summer. Stratification will improve germination time and rates. Fairly easy to grow.

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