Just as in English, the French common name for this plant and the name for the gummy confection which was originally made with its roots is the same: guimauve
in French; marshmallow (Althaea officinalis
) in English. This medicinal herb and handsome hardy perennial grows 4 to 5 feet high, forming a sort of herbaceous bush that is covered in pale pink flowers from mid to late summer.
Plant marsh mallow in average to wet soil in a sunny to lightly shaded location anytime from spring through early fall.
I've searched for a year to find the right source of French native wildflower seeds to offer you. Here they are! Certified organically grown, these seeds are produced on a family flower farm in the Massif Central
. One hundred percent of the process is artisanal, right down to the seed packets which are decorated with drawings of the content plants by the owner.
Size: 2 g (about 600 seeds)