Re: [gardeners] Althea officinalis uses

David G Smith (
Tue, 09 Mar 1999 10:41:14 -0500

Here's one:

At 08:23 AM 3/9/99 -0600, you wrote:
>Thanks, I'll check into both of those however neither are on the virtual
>garden site.  Does anyone know where there is a weed identifier site?
>>You description sounds a lot like what we call cheese weed.  We have two
>>types:   the common mallow and little leaf mallow (m. parvafolia).  Both are
>>common in cultivated crops, landscapes and gardens.  Sounds like yours could
>>be either one.  When we were kids, we used to nibble on the cheesy
>>buttonlike fruit.  The only use I know of is to chop it up with the
>>lawnmower before the seeds develop and compost it.  We also have a globe
>>mallow that grows wild in landscapes but it is kind of pretty (in bloom
>>right now) and we usually let it grow if it doesn't get in the way.  -Olin
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Jane Burdekin <>
>>Subject: Re: [gardeners] Althea officinalis uses
>>> ...The plant I am looking at in the garden is
>>>definately a weed  ... is low to the ground and spreads out in
>>>a rosette shape.  The leaves are round and scalloped on the edges.  It
>>>produces small whitish/purplish flowers and forms a button shaped like a
>>>hollyhock seed button later.  It has a carrot like tap root that is heading
>>>for China and if you leave any piece of it a new plant (weed) will form.
>>>Any ideas???
>>>> At 05:23 AM 3/8/99 -0700, you wrote:
>>>> ><snip>I got distracted trying to find out if the "weed" called
>>>> >Malva was of some value.  I recently took an herb class and it is one of
>>>> >the plants the instructor pointed out.  Does any one know if it is the
>>>> >as marshmallow plant.  I am thinking it is Althaea officinalis but I
>>>> >find a picture to confirm it.  If that is the right name there seems to
>>>> >many uses for this common weed that I keep digging and throwing in the
>>>> >compost.  If it is that I sure hope I haven't completely iradicated it
>>>> >the garden, what are the odds of that?   I better get out there and
>>>> >preparing for pea planting tonight.
>>>> >
>>>> >Jane
>>>> Hi Jane,
>>>> I have some info from, "The Herb Book", by John Lust.  Says, common names
>>>> for Althea officinalis is Marshmallow, mortification root, sweet weed,
>>>> wymote.  The medicinal parts are root, leaves, flowers.
>>>> Properties and uses... Demulcent, emollient, diuretic.  It's particular
>>>> excellence is soothing irritated tissue.  Externally, use it as a
>>>> for irritations, burns, carbuncles, and furuncle, and wounds.  (what the
>>>> heck is a furuncle?).
>>>> It says more, but I don't have time to type it all out this morning.  If
>>>> you really want more, let me know and I will type up the rest of the
>>>> decoction info etc.  I also have info on Malva sylvestris and Malva
>>>> rotundifolia if you need it.
>>>> A good place to start looking for a pic is at virtual garden
>>>> Cynthia
>>>> **Womyn Who Moves Mountains-Little Finger Of Michigan**
>>>> ** **USDA zone 4b-Sunset zone 41**
>>>> ** **