Marsh Mallow - Campfire MarshMellows used to contain more than corn syrup

Once used to make actual marshmallows, the Marsh Mallow plant still has a variety of uses.

The marshmallow plant has edible leaves and roots that have a variety of medicinal uses. Contrary to the name, it does not need to grow in a marsh. This plant would be a great addition to an herb or wildflower garden. It grows to be around 5 feet tall.

Specifications:Marshmallow Bushy

  • Perennial
  • Sun: Full sun almost a requirement
  • Soil: Almost any soil type. Moist but not waterlogged.
  • Height: 5 feet
  • Hardiness: Relatively hardy and moderately difficult to grow.
  • Water use: Medium. Enjoys lots of water but can handle short dry periods.
  • Where to plant: Outdoors. Takes up quite a bit of space when established. Makes a good wall, Place behind other plants.

Potential uses:

Culinary:

Ground Leaves Marshmallow

Marshmallow plant’s leaves being used in cooking.

  • Can be used as a thickener in cooking much like corn starch. Obviously too much will just make your food the consistency of a marshmallow.
  • Can also be used for the flavor (probably a much different flavor than the high fructose corn syrup marshmallows we get now days)

Medicinal:

  • Used to treat an inflamed digestive system by forming a protective lining inside the digestive tract.
  • Leaves can be applied to reduce infection.
  • Treat ulcers
  • Helps cure Urinary Tract Infections or stones in the urinary tract.
  • May help respiratory problems (coughing).
  • Can be ground up and applied to insect bites, wounds and burns.

Marshmallow and RootsToxicity to humans or pets:

Not known to be toxic to humans or animals.

Propagation:

Propagates via seeds. Seed germination can be tricky.

 

 

 

 

Want to grow this plant in your garden? Some cheap seeds online:

Amazon.com – 50 WHITE MARSH MALLOW (Althea Officinalis) Seeds ~$4