marsh mallow

marsh mallow
1. an Old World mallow, Althaea officinalis, having pink flowers, found in marshy places.
2. the rose mallow, Hibiscus moscheutos.
[bef. 1000; ME marshmalue, OE merscmealwe. See MARSH, MALLOW]

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Perennial herbaceous plant (Althaea officinalis) of the mallow family, native to eastern Europe and northern Africa and naturalized in North America.

Found usually in marshy areas near the sea, the marsh mallow has strongly veined, heart-shaped or oval leaves and pinkish flowers borne on stalks about 6 ft (1.8 m) tall. The root was formerly processed to make marshmallows.

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plant
 (Althaea officinalis), perennial herbaceous plant of the hibiscus, or mallow, family (Malvaceae), native to eastern Europe and northern Africa. It has also become established in North America. The plant is usually found in marshy areas, chiefly near the sea. It has strongly veined heart-shaped or oval leaves. The pinkish flowers, borne on stalks about 1.8 metres (6 feet) tall, are about 5 cm (2 inches) in diameter. The root was formerly used to make marshmallows, a confection.

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