Common name : Hollyhock

Scientific name : Alcearosea

Family : Malvaceae

Native land : Asia and Europe

The plant is variously described as a biennial (having a two-year life cycle), as an annual, or as a short-lived perennial. There are about 60 species of this flowering plant. They can grow up to 7 inches. It is an easy‑to-grow plant, and is available in a variety of colours including some shade of white, pink, or purplish red. It blooms from July to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The plant also has nutritional properties. A nutritious starch is obtained from the root and a refreshing tea is made from the flower petals. Its leaves have a mild flavour. So, it can be added to salads.

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