marsh mallow

marsh mallow

marsh mallow and marshmallow: see mallow.

Perennial herbaceous plant (Althaea officinalis) of the mallow family, native to eastern Europe and northern Africa and naturalized in North America. Found usually in marshy areas near the sea, the marsh mallow has strongly veined, heart-shaped or oval leaves and pinkish flowers borne on stalks about 6 ft (1.8 m) tall. The root was formerly processed to make marshmallows.

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