Latin: Althea officinalis L.
Synonyms: Mallards, mortification koot, cheeses.
Erect downy perennial, with simple or laterally branched stems up to 2m tall.
Broad, ovate-cordate leaves 10-20cm long with 3-5 shallow lobes, irregularly toothed margin and palmate veins.
Pink flowers with 5 petals up to 3cm in diameter.
Parts used: Root, leaves and flowers.
Mucilage, containing various polysaccharides.
Respiratory and bronchial complaints.
Gastric and enteric inflammatory disorders.
Urinary tract inflammation in infection.