Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants.
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Alcea officinalis

Guimauve officinale
Marsh Mallow

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

pink

Flower size

15-20 mm

Flowering months

June,

July

Leaf type

Cordate

Height

to 1.25 m

Description

The Romans were eating it as a vegetable. In the 9th century, Emperor Charlemagne promoted its cultivation for medicinal purposes in the whole of the Frankish empire.

An erect plant with hairy stems and leaves.

Damp habitat.

Flowers

The 5-petalled white-pinkish flowers are clustered in the leaf axils.

Leaves

Cordate heart-shaped. Heart-shaped with 3-5 lobes, serrated, velvety, 3-8 cm.

Fruits Seeds

Schizocarp: a dry disc containing seeds that split into single seeded parts when ripe.

Edible

Root: must be 2 years old before it is eaten. Leaves: young tops.

Medical

All parts: relieves inflammation of mouth, pharynx, used for gastritis and gastric ulcers.

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