Althaea officinalis Marsh mallow is not a fluffy meringue but in fact the plant that flavours the more commonly know sweet. As the species ‘officinalis’ shows this is also a well know medicinal plant, useful for everything from fixing the lungs to the gut and most of the plant is used. We grow it because it looks great and it stands really tall. This is one of the giants in the herbaceous bed allowing you to look eye to eye with the delicate pale pinky flowers.
It takes a few years to get to full size but doesn’t take up too much space, meaning that you can put a few together here and there to poke out from within the undergrowth. I have a few groups that come into flower in July, just bridging the gap from the early summer flowers to the late ones. Then if you’re feeling adventurous you can take some of the root and exercise your culinary muscles to great effect, personally we’re happy just to look at them.