Marshmallow - Althaea Ofiicinalis Seed

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Marshmallow - Seed

Marshmallow - Seed

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What is Marshmallow Officinale?

Immerse yourself in the world of Marshmallow, a multifaceted plant that belongs to the Malvaceae family. Discover its ancient origins, its grayish green leaves and its pinkish white flowers which bloom from June to September.

How to cultivate this unique plant?

Follow our practical advice for growing Marshmallow Officinale at home. Learn to create the ideal conditions, taking advantage of its love for rich, moist soils and its preference for sunny exposure.

What are the benefits of Marshmallow?

Explore the therapeutic properties of Marshmallow, from its anti-inflammatory effects to its expectorant abilities. This plant is not only beautiful to look at, but it is also a treasure trove of health benefits.

Why choose Legba for your Marshmallow Officinale?

Find out why Legba is the best choice for acquiring Marshmallow Officinale seeds. Enjoy our commitment to originality, quality and the deep connection between plants and humanity.

At Legba, we believe that every plant has a story to tell. Let Marshmallow Officinale enrich your garden and open the doors to a world where botany meets history, health and beauty.

Shipping info (size, period...)

For your purchases of marshmallow seeds, each sachet, coming directly from our mother plants, contains 20 to 250 quality seeds, ready to enrich your garden. Shipped by registered letter for an order of seeds only, with Colissimo and relay point options available. If you are looking for larger quantities, contact us to benefit from our advantageous professional rates.

Detailed Description and Benefits

Botanical Description:

Marshmallow, known scientifically as Althaea officinalis, is a perennial plant, meaning it can live for more than two years. It belongs to the Malvaceae family, the same family as cotton and hibiscus, known for their ability to produce beautiful flowers. Marshmallow is distinguished by its large velvety leaves and delicate flowers, often pure white or pale pink.

Active Components:

Marshmallow contains mucilage, substances that form a gel when mixed with water. These mucilages are very soft and can form a protective layer on the mucous membranes, which is particularly interesting in products intended to soothe irritations, whether in humans or in certain animals.

Medicinal Uses:

Traditionally, Marshmallow is used for its soothing benefits. It can be used in the form of an herbal tea or syrup to "caress" the throat or digestive system, which is a poetic way of saying that it helps relieve irritation without naming specific illnesses.

Role in the Garden:

In addition to its medicinal benefits, Marshmallow is an ally in the garden. Its robustness makes it an easy and pleasant growing companion, capable of surviving sometimes difficult conditions, and it attracts pollinators thanks to its flowers, thus contributing to the biodiversity of the garden.

Ornamental Attractions:

The simple beauty of Marshmallow flowers adds a touch of elegance to any outdoor space. Its natural look and soft colors make it a preferred choice for gardens where you are looking for a look that is both wild and refined.

Edible use:

Although less known for this aspect, certain parts of the Marshmallow are edible. In the past, its roots were used to make confectionery, giving their name to the marshmallows we know today, although the modern recipe is different.


In herbal medicine, Marshmallow is a star. It is used in the composition of many herbal remedies thanks to its softening and moisturizing properties, ideal for body care and general well-being.

Each aspect of the Marshmallow reveals a different use, testifying to the richness of nature and the multitude of ways in which plants can enrich our lives, at all ages and in all environments.

How to cultivate it? Growing guide

Marshmallow (Althaea officinalis) is a perennial herbaceous plant common in Europe,


  • Seed preparation: Stratification required. Place the seeds in the refrigerator for a few weeks before planting to simulate winter.
  • Soil: Choose well-drained, rich, moist soil with a pH of 6 to 7.5.
  • Watering: Keep the soil constantly moist, especially during dry periods.
  • Sowing temperature: Ideal between 15 and 20°C for good germination.


  • Sowing time: Autumn, directly on the soil surface.
  • Flowering period: From late spring to summer, and sometimes into autumn.


  • Temperature and exposure: The plant prefers sunlight or partial shade.
  • Hardiness: Resists up to zone 3, capable of withstanding cold temperatures.
  • Fruiting: For the root parts used in medicine, the harvest is done in the fall, 2 to 3 years after planting.
  • Germination time: Allow between 10 and 15 days after stratification.

Did you know? (Discover exciting stories!)

  • Marshmallow is surrounded by many interesting anecdotes. For example, its name comes from the Greek word "althaía", meaning "to heal", reflecting its medicinal properties since ancient times.

  • It was so popular that Charlemagne recommended its cultivation in the royal gardens.

  • Its mucilage, used to sweeten, gave rise to the confection we know today as marshmallow, although the modern recipe is different.


Q: How to start growing Marshmallow seeds?
A: To get started, stratify seeds by placing them in the refrigerator for a few weeks before sowing them in spring or fall, in rich, moist soil.

Q: What care do young Marshmallow plants require?
A: Plants like soil kept moist and exposure to sun to partial shade. Regular watering and careful weeding will promote their growth.

Q: When do Marshmallow seeds germinate?
A: Germination of Marshmallow seeds can take 10 to 15 days after stratification, under temperature conditions between 15 and 20°C.

Q: When is the best time to sow Marshmallow seeds?
A: Marshmallow seeds are ideally sown in autumn or early spring, after the last frost.

Q: What are the benefits of growing Marshmallow seeds?
A: Marshmallow is renowned for its medicinal properties, notably soothing to the throat and digestive system, in addition to adding an ornamental touch to the garden.

Further information

Our Marshmallow seeds are grown in harmony with nature,
promoting the balance between beneficials and pests, without resorting to
no chemicals, even organic. We use water exclusively
of rain to water our plants, thus guaranteeing the purity of our
culture. Compliant with French legislation, our agricultural practices
and our seeds comply with all current standards, ensuring our
customers with impeccable quality and legality.

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