This is the plant responsible for the sticky sweet treat we all know and love. The sugary confection has been made from the root of the marshmallow plant since ancient times! Today, no s'more is complete without one, and we think no garden should be either!
A lovely, ornamental plant in addition to its medicinal and culinary properties, the marshmallow is a perennial shrub that offers large, pale pink blooms on erect plants with large green leaves.
It is highly regarded as a beneficial medicinal herb and has been widely used for the last 2000 years in both foods and in medicines. It is native to Europe but can be found growing in many places around the world.
It is easy to grow from Marsh Mallow seeds, and it also makes a lovely flowering display as well as has therapeutic benefits.
How To Grow Marshmallow Plant:
Marshmallow herb plants prefer moist soils. Some gardeners recommend a fall planting so that the cold temperatures aid in the germination of the Marshmallow herb seeds.
If starting the Marshmallow seeds indoors, place the herb seeds in moistened peat moss, and place the peat moss/seed mixture in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 weeks. After that cold treatment, sow the herb seeds in small pots.
Once established, the Marsh Mallow plant is known to self-seed but not in an aggressive way.
USDA Zones: 3 - 9
Height: 48 inches
Bloom Season: Midsummer to early fall
Bloom Color: White
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Prefers sandy, moist soil
Temperature: Max 41F
Average Germ Time: Germination irregular, often several months