Alcea Rosea, commonly known as hollyhocks, is a genus of about 60 species of flowering plants in the mallow family Malvaceae. They are native to Asia and Europe. In herbal medicine, Hollyhock is believed to be an emollient and laxative. It is used to control inflammation, to stop bedwetting and as a mouthwash in cases of bleeding gums. They are useful in the treatment of chest complaints, and a decoction is used to improve blood circulation.
Flower: Yellow, Purple, Pink, White, Apricot
Growing Season: Spring to fall, Perennial
Inner portion of young stems – raw.
Flower petals and flower buds – raw. Added to salads.
A nutritious starch is obtained from the root.
A refreshing tea is made from the flower petals.