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  • African native. The original source of an Egyptian confection that evolved into today’s marshmallows. The roots and velvety leaves have been eaten as a vegetable for centuries, often fried with onion and garlic. 3-4 foot stems of 1-2 inch, white-to-pink flowers are reminiscent of hollyhocks, to which this plant is related. Also renowned in various folk cultures for its medicinal properties.
      • 8-12 hours of Sun
      • Sprouts in 14-21 Days
      • Ideal Temperature: 60 Degrees F
      • Seed Depth: 1/4″
      • Plant Spacing: 12-24″
      • Frost Hardy: Yes
      • Althaea officinalis

    Growing Tips: Cold-stratify 4-6 weeks, grow indoors, and set transplants out after frost. Or direct seed in late winter, very early spring. Harvest roots starting second year from planting.