The purple (malva sylvestris) is a plant widely used in herbal medicine. It has its origin in Asia or Europe.

Culture medium of mallow

The purple is a plant which grows easily and is often found in fields, on unused land or near roads. Therefore, its cultivation should be easy. For optimal growth, favor draining soils.

Culture and maintenance of the mallow

To grow mallow, it is possible to propagate it by cuttings, using a branch, when the flowering ends. The cuttings are made around August, on fairly sandy soil. You can use hormones. Sowing under chassis can also be done between March and April. The first enemies of the mallow are the insects that devour it. It must therefore be protected against them. Other than that, it requires little maintenance to have a purple plant as beautiful as possible. It is recommended to prune it at the end of winter and leave the branches and leaves dry in summer. Watering should be average.

History of the mallow

The mallow has been used since the beginning of antiquity for its laxative virtues. Its decoction with milk has been recommended to treat respiratory inflammations. Its sedative properties have been praised by Cicero. The leaves of the mallow were even eaten like vegetables, in the Middle Ages, because they helped digestion. Catholic monasteries often cultivated this plant to exploit its medicinal properties.

Actions of the purple

It is both a cough suppressant and an anti-inflammatory. In its composition, we find flavonoids, tannins and other elements that make it a softening plant. In combination with other medicinal plants, mallow helps treat sore throats. It is also very effective in treating fatty coughs and coughs that are caused by cooling. The purple plant also has an action against spasms and disorders of the digestive system. Nowadays, it is widely used in medicine.