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  • Writer's pictureOlivine Moss

Mallow (Malva) Myths Legends Poetry and Planting

Updated: Jun 16


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Lore and Legends


Governed by Venus


The marshmallow plant, also known as mallow, has a sticky sweet sap that can be turned into a gelatinous substance. This substance was used to make desserts that were reserved for the pharaohs and the gods. No one else was allowed to taste this delicacy.





Mallow plants are native to the Mediterranean region and have been used for various purposes since ancient times. They are edible and have medicinal properties. The ancient Romans considered mallow a delicacy and used it in salads, soups and sauces. They also believed that mallow could help with digestion and soothe sore throats. Mallow was a staple food for the poor and the hungry, especially in times of drought and famine.



The Romans introduced mallow to Europe, where it became a popular herb for culinary and medicinal purposes. Mallow was also grown in England by the Romans during their occupation from the 1st to the 4th century AD. However, the Romans faced resistance from the mysterious Druids, who were the spiritual leaders of the Celtic tribes. The Druids were based in Wales and kept their traditions and practices secret from the invaders. The only records of the Druids come from the Roman writings, which are often biased and unreliable. The Druids left behind some intriguing stone structures and symbols that give us clues about their culture and beliefs.


Another form of mallow is the hollyhock, which is a tall flowering plant with colorful blooms. Hollyhock has strong fibers that can be used to make cloth, similar to hemp. Hollyhock was also used as a dye, a medicine and a cosmetic. Hollyhock is still cultivated today for its ornamental value and its herbal uses.


Mallow has many other uses besides making marshmallows and cloth. For example, mallow can be used to make tea, syrup, jam, oil, soap and lotion. Mallow can also be used as a natural remedy for coughs, colds, wounds, inflammation, skin problems and urinary infections. Mallow is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can benefit our health and wellness.



 


Medicinal Uses


The whole plant is completely edible with preparation.

Helps to relieve urinary tract infections, cough, throat irritation and constipation. Rich in vitamin A and C as well as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and selenium.



 



Poetry



Here curling sorrel that again

We use in hot diseases

The medicinable mallow here...

Muses Elysium .



He knew to give each plant the soil it needs,

To drill the ground, and cover close the seeds;

And could with ease compel the wanton rill

To turn, and wind, obedient to his will.

There flourished star-wort, and the branching beet,

The sorrel acid, and the mallow sweet,

The skirret, and the leek's aspiring kind,

The noxious poppy -- quencher of the mind!...

The Salad. Virgil



With many a curve my banks I fret,

By many a field and fallow

And many a fair by foreland set,

With willow, weed and mallow . ...

The Brook.

-TENNYSON


 





How to Grow Mallow Flower


Mallow flower is a beautiful and easy-to-grow plant that attracts butterflies and adds color to your garden. Mallow flower comes in different varieties, such as common mallow, striped mallow, and rose mallow. They have different heights, colors, and blooming seasons, but they all share some basic care tips.


Planting Mallow Flower


You can start mallow flower from seeds or transplants. If you choose seeds, you can sow them directly in the garden in spring, after the last frost. Choose a location that gets full sun and has moist, well-drained, and organically rich soil. If your soil is poor, you can add some compost before planting. Space the seeds about 12 inches apart and cover them lightly with soil. Keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate.


If you choose transplants, you can buy them from a nursery or garden center, or you can start them indoors about 6 weeks before the last frost. Transplant them outdoors after the danger of frost has passed, following the same spacing and soil requirements as for seeds.


Caring for Mallow Flower


Mallow flower is a low-maintenance plant that does not need much attention once established. However, there are some things you can do to keep it healthy and happy.


  • Water your mallow flower regularly, especially during dry spells. The plants are drought-tolerant, but they will grow better with a constant supply of water.


  • Fertilize your mallow flower once a month during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. This will help them produce more flowers and foliage.


  • Prune your mallow flower to remove dead or damaged stems and leaves, and to shape the plant as desired. You can also deadhead the spent flowers to encourage more blooming.


  • Mulch your mallow flower with organic material, such as straw or bark, to conserve moisture and prevent weeds.


  • Protect your mallow flower from pests and diseases, such as aphids, spider mites, rust, and powdery mildew. You can use organic or chemical methods to control them, depending on your preference.


Enjoying Mallow Flower


Mallow flower is a versatile plant that you can enjoy in different ways. You can grow it in flower beds, borders, containers, or even as a ground cover. You can also cut some flowers and use them in fresh or dried arrangements. Mallow flower has edible leaves and flowers that you can use in salads, teas, or soups. However, make sure you identify the plant correctly and avoid any parts that may be toxic.


Mallow flower is a wonderful addition to any garden. With its colorful and cheerful blooms, it will brighten up your space and attract beneficial insects. Mallow flower is also easy to grow and care for, making it a great choice for beginners and experts alike.







Further Reading and Resources


The book of herbs - google play (no date) Google Play Books. Google. Available at: https://play.google.com/books/reader?id=pLhBAAAAYAAJ&pg=GBS.PA64 (Accessed: January 19, 2023).


Ancient-rome.info (no date) History of ancient roman empire. Available at: https://ancient-rome.info/ancient-roman-plants-and-vegetation/ (Accessed: January 19, 2023).


Roman England, the Roman in Britain 43 - 410 AD (no date) Historic UK. Available at: https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/The-Romans-in-England/ (Accessed: January 19, 2023).


Roman England, the Roman in Britain 43 - 410 AD (no date) Historic UK. Available at: https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/The-Romans-in-England/ (Accessed: January 19, 2023).


Roman England, the Roman in Britain 43 - 410 AD (no date) Historic UK. Available at: https://www.historic-uk.com/HistoryUK/HistoryofEngland/The-Romans-in-England/ (Accessed: January 19, 2023).


Marsh Mallow: The pharaohs' candy herb (2022) SPICEography. Available at: https://www.spiceography.com/marsh-mallow/ (Accessed: January 19, 2023).








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