Organic Marshmallow - Althaea officinalis

Organic Marshmallow - Althaea officinalis Seeds

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Organic Marshmallow

Famously known for its roots creating the popular confection, marshmallow, this beautiful perennial has been used since ancient times for its medicinal and culinary properties. 

Its roots create a creamy mucilaginous liquid that can be made into a myriad of different preparations.  Every part is edible - root, stem and flower. The botanical name stems from the Greek word "altho" which means "to cure".

  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Perennial
  • Sun: Full
  • Indoors: 4-6 weeks before last frost
  • Direct Sow: No 
  • Seed Count: 25
  • Days to Maturity: 50
  • Plant Size: 36" - 60"
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Medicinal

Growing Tips:

Leaves and flowers can be harvested at any point in the growing season.  Harvest roots in the spring or fall after  the plant is a few years old.

If starting seeds indoors, it is key that your new starts be hardened off.  This is a process that requires taking them outside during the day, for a period of time, before they are planted. This acclimates your seedlings to the outside world, meaning the elements like the wind and sun. We do it for several weeks to a month as this strengthens their stems and overall plant structure. 

  • Start for a short period of time initially, then graduate to more time each day
  • One week minimum is recommended
  • Bring them inside in the early evening and overnight
  • Keep an eye on them and constantly water them. Make sure they have not blown over. 

Organic Marshmallow Growing Instructions