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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
Not known to be toxic to humans or animals.
Propagates via seeds. Seed germination can be tricky.