Althaea officinalis


Common Name: Marshmallow

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Malvaceae (family name)

Forage for Pollinators: Produces Pollen and Nectar for mainly Bumblebees but also Honeybees.
Flowering time: July, August, September.
Growing information: NATIVE PERENNIAL WILDFLOWER growing to 1.2 m (4ft) by 0.8 m (2ft 7in). Prefers wet or moisture-retentive soil. Hardy to minus 40ºC. A graceful, tall plant with soft, hairy leaves and pale pink flowers with deep magenta centres. Well known for its root which is used to make traditional ‘marshmallows’, and medicinally for digestive and skin problems. Good for building up bees’ winter reserves. Pollinated by bees.