Members of the Mallow Family are herbs or shrubs often with showy flowers. The flowers have 5 petals. The stamens are fused into a center column surrounding the style. The fruit varies.
Marsh Mallow (Althea officinalis), a member of this family, once provided a gluey substance from its roots to make marshmallows. This confection is made now from a mixture of corn syrup, sugar, albumen and gelatin.
The Hibiscus and Hollyhock found in gardens are plants from this family. (Dale 136).