Palm leaf marshmallow
Derived from Greek, Althaea means to heal which is why members of this genus have been used in medicine since time immemorial.
Pliny recommends mallows for everything - from extracting splinters to complications in childbirth.
Culpepper appreciated their garden worthiness; "They flower all the summer months, even until the winter do pull them down".
With that kind of heritage these light and airy relatives of the hollyhock deserve a prominent position in the garden. They tolerate a wide range of situations and rarely need staking; for best results grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun
Photo: Isidre blanc, from Wikimedia Commons
Moist but well-drained
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