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Althaea officinalis (Marsh Mallow)

Herb, Shredded from Poland (SKU 0950)

Excellent quality, special cut Marsh Mallow leaves from Poland.



Marsh Mallow belongs to the Malvaceae (Hibiscus family). The large and important family of Mallows are most abundant in the tropical region, where they form a large proportion of the vegetation; towards the poles they gradually decrease in number. Lindley states that about a thousand species had been discovered, all of which not only contain much mucilage, but are totally devoid of unwholesome properties. Besides the medicinal virtues of somany species, some are employed as food; the bark of others affords a substitute for hemp; the cotton of commerce is obtained from the seed vessels of yet other species, and many ornamental garden flowers are also members of this group, the Hibiscus and our familiar Hollyhock among the number.

Indigenous to Africa and a member of the large mallow family, Althaea officinalis is commonly known as Marsh Mallow, though it bears no relationship to the popular confection. (These however were once made from the Atlhea officinalis plant but are now mostly made of sugar alone).[1] Its flowers are in bloom during August and September, and are followed, as in other species of this order, by the flat, round fruit which are popularly called "cheeses".[3] A perennial shrub with leaves and stems covered in soft down, Althaea officinalis produces pale-pink flowers in late summer, which are followed by flat, round fruit.[4]

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