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Marsh-mallow (althaea officinalis)

A common plant of the malvaceae family, often found on banks near the sea. It"s a hardy perennial growing up to 1.2 metres in height, and a spread of about 60cm. It has tear-shaped green leaves, covered with soft hair, and pink or white flowers in late summer or early autumn. Pick the leaves as required, or dig up the roots of plants over two years old.

Easy to grow in the garden, and attracts butterflies.

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