Marshmallow Seeds | Althaea officinalis
One of our most gentle yet powerful moistening plants, marshmallow is a top choice in the category, especially for internal use. Incredibly soothing and cooling, marshmallow’s mucilage is visibly apparent in the cold extract, offering immediate relief to inflamed tissues.
Marshmallow has soft, velvety, serrated leaves and large pink, blue, or purple flowers that grow on velvety stems up to 4’ tall.
Approximately 100 seeds, harvested for 2023.
Grown using only compost, water, & organic fertilizer, our plants are never treated or sprayed with anything at all.
Lifecycle: Herbaceous perennial
Region: Native to Europe and Asia.
Actions: Demulcent, emollient, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, vulnerary.
Parts used: Root, leaf, & flower
Root: GI inflammation, gastritis, oral ulcers, gingivitis, peptic ulcers, sore throat, colitis, hemorrhoids, burns,
Leaf: cystitis, UTI, urethritis, dry cough, bronchitis, phlegm.
Planting: Sow in spring by scarifying seed on medium grit sandpaper, strewing on surface, barely covering with soil, tamping securely, and keeping evenly moist and warm until germination. Work seedlings up in pots or sow directly in garden.
Location: Prefers moist garden soil in full sun or part shade.
Germination: 1-2 weeks
The majority of our seeds offered are saved from our small medicinal plant farm right here in Oregon's Willamette Valley.
Our plants are grown only with water, compost, & organic fertilizer. NEVER sprayed with herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or anything else.
There are some seeds that we have not been able to harvest in abundance ourselves yet, so these are provided by a farm here in Oregon that is certified organic by the USDA and Oregon Tilth.
Always check with local authorities (such as your county extension) to see if non-native plants are invasive or noxious in your region.
Noxious plants are illegal to grow and cannot be shipped across state borders. Invasive species should never be intentionally planted, but should be harvested from the wild instead. They may hold medicinal value but they can destroy native ecosystems and habitats.
There are likely less destructive alternatives with similar medicinal value that you can plant.