Althaea officinalis L.
Common Name: MARSH MALLOW
Coefficient of Conservatism: *
Coefficient of Wetness: 0
Wetness Index: FAC
Physiognomy: Ad P-Forb

A Eurasian species, rarely escaped from cultivation to moist ground and disturbed places. First collected in 1893 in Wayne Co. This plant has long been used medicinally, and its high mucilaginous content, especially in the roots, provided the original “marshmallow” before the days of synthetic substitutes.

Locations

Bay County
Berrien County
Monroe County
Wayne County

Citation:

MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. December 15, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/species.aspx?id=1668.