Althaea (Sturtevant, 1919)

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Sturtevant, Notes on edible plants, 1919
Althaea (Sturtevant, 1919)

Althaea officinalis

Althaea officinalis Linn. Malvaceae. MARSHMALLOW. WHITE MALLOW. The plant is found wild in Europe and Asia and is naturalized in places in America. It is cultivated extensively in Europe for medicinal purposes, acting as a demulcent. In 812, Charlemagne [1] enjoined its culture in France. Johnson [2] says its leaves may be eaten when boiled.

  1. Flückiger and Hanbury Pharm. 85. 1879.
  2. Johnson, C. P. Useful Pls. Gt. Brit. 59. 1862.

Althaea rosea

Althaea rosea Cav. HOLLYHOCK. The Orient. This species grows wild in China and in the south of Europe. Forskal [1] says it is cultivated at Cairo for the sake of its leaves, which are esculent and are used in Egyptian cookery. It possesses similar properties to the marshmallow and is used for similar purposes in Greece. [2]

  1. Pickering, C. Geog. Dist. Ans. Pls. 47. 1863-1876.
  2. Masters, M. T. Treas. Bot. 1:46. 1870.