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Althea officinalis

(Common name:- Marshmallow)

Classification

Althea officinalis

History

Marshmallow is a native to most of the parts of Europe and southward Denmark.

This plant usually found in salt marshes, damp meadows, near the ditches, near the sea, and on the banks of tidal rivers.

This is an edible herb which is also used for medicinal purposes from a long time.

Plant Description

It is perennial fleshy plant, having erect stems, reaches to a height of three to four feet.

The plant has downy stems which give off simple branches and the velvety leaves are short stemmed, round, with irregularly toothed margin and three to five lobes.

The flower bears reddish- white petals.

Cultivation

Marshmallow is known as garden plant and can be found in most of the gardens.

It can thrive in any soil conditions but grows best in moist land than in dry areas. It is kind of weed which grows in ditches, waste land, damp ground and near streams.

The harvesting of leaves and flowers is been done in august when both gets mature.

Parts Used

Leaves, roots and flowers

Constituents

The important constituents of marshmallow are starch, mucilage, pectin, oil, sugar, asparagin, phosphate of lime and cellulose.

Culinary uses

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