Same family as hollyhock, with similar tall stalks and flowers.
Edible flowers good in salads, tea, on cakes.
Roots soothe inflamed skin, stomach, mucous membranes, teething, urinary discomfort.
Easy to grow: sow spring or fall, keep moist. Roots are simmered in honey to candy them-both the roots and the medicinal honey are heavenly for sore throats, coughs, or upset stomachs.
BOTANICAL NAME: Althea officinalis
This hardy perennial is easy to grow once established. Scarify seeds slightly to aid germination by rubbing GENTLY between two pieces of fine sandpaper. Soaking for 8 hours also helps. Start seed in flats or plant directly into garden. Transplant 12-18" apart. Does well in either full sun or partial shade. May be the second year before the first flowering. Grows to about 3-4'.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Perennial/Zones 4-9/Height 3-4'/Spacing 18"
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