Althaea officinalis. Perennial. 3'.
Marshmallow leaves are 2 to 3 inches long, lobed and irregularly serrated, soft and velvety. Young leaves used in salads. Pale pink flowers bloom in late summer. Marshmallow is in the same family as the common garden hollyhock. Original marshmallows were made of the powdered root, sugar and water. Marshmallow is used as a food by larvae of some species of Butterflies.
Planting Directions: Sow seed indoors 12-16 weeks before transplanting to garden. Plant in sterile seed starting mix with soil temperature of 70°-80°. Plant seeds 1/4 “ deep. Once the first set of true leaves appears, soil temperature may be reduced to 65° to 70°. Transplant outdoors in late spring when soil has warmed. Plant in well prepared soil, amended with rich compost or general garden fertilizer, in well drained soil. Locate in full sun or tolerates light shade.