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*Althaea officinalis Linnaeus. Marshmallow. Phen: Jul-Sep. Hab: Marshes. Dist: Native of Europe.

Origin/Endemic status: Europe

Other Comments: The roots of this plant were the original source of the mucilaginous paste used to make marshmallows (which are now made with a synthetic mucilage).

Synonymy: = C, F, FNA6, G, GrPl, K1, K3, K4, Mi, NE, NY, Pa, Va; = n/a – RAB, Tat

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW
  • Great Plains: FACW
  • Midwest: FACW
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FAC

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image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Gary P. Fleming | Original Image ⭷

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