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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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