Marsh mallow, original source of the pillowy candy, is a beautiful and useful perennial that dies back in winter and grows new 5’ stalks every spring. The lovely edible flowers make great salad or dessert decorations. Mucilaginous roots soothe coughs and sore throats, and have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Seeds need cold stratification before they can germinate. Translation: Plant them in early winter, or put the seeds in the refrigerator for 6 weeks before planting. Germination is slow; expect 2 weeks or even longer.
Pick a permanent garden spot for the young plants where they will have full or half-day sun, and access to plenty of water. The “marsh” in their name is a clue to their preferences, but a soggy spot is not a requirement.
If you want to harvest roots, it’s best to give the plants 3 growing seasons to make nice fat ones. Harvest at the end of the season, when all the plant’s energy has returned to the roots.
Approx. 50 seeds per packet
Grown in Potter Valley, Mendocino County, California
Certified Organic by CCOF