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Marshmallow

Althaea officinalis
When Jefferson noted "marshmellow" in his 1794 list of "Objects for the garden this year," he was referring to Althaea officinalis. The genus name, "Althaea," is derived from the Greek, "altho," to cure. Leaves, flowers, and roots were used to reduce inflammations and to ease coughs and sore throats. The boiled root produces a white, gummy matter that was used internally as a demulcent, and externally on bruises and sprains. French confectioners once sweetened this starchy substance to make a paste used in sweets and desserts.
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Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
May 31, 2001 to October 19, 2001June 14, 2002 to August 2, 2002June 20, 2003 to August 2, 2003June 16, 2004 to July 29, 2004August 9, 2005 to October 25, 2005June 16, 2006 to August 7, 2006September 15, 2006 to October 11, 2006June 14, 2007 to August 14, 2007July 11, 2008 to August 8, 2008June 19, 2009 to August 15, 2009June 28, 2010 to August 24, 2010July 7, 2011 to September 9, 2011June 4, 2012 to September 25, 2012June 10, 2013 to July 24, 2013July 11, 2018 to September 12, 2018May 31, 2019 to July 10, 2019

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