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Latin Name

   Althaea officinalis

Alternative Name


Description & Uses

This plant is believed to have been introduced from china and is the original source of the sweets of the same name. 

It has large, velvety, toothed, tear-shaped leaves that are grey/green in colour.  The flowers are pink or white, approximately 1.5 inches across and have purple stamens while the stem is velvety, round and light green.  The plant can grow to 6'.

Leaves, when young, can be mixed into salads or steamed as a vegetable.  Flowers can be used in salads.

Marsh Mallow also has medicinal uses.

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