SCIENTIFIC NAME: Alcea rosea
COMMON NAME(S): Hollyhock
FAMILY: MALVACEAE - Mallow family
ORIGIN: Unknown, probably Turkey or Asia
HABITAT: Cultivated landscapes, occasionally locally naturalized
CHARACTERISTICS: Stem thick, unbranched, densely soft-hairy in upper portions, with mucilaginous sap
LEAVES: Alternate, shallowly palmately 3-7 lobed
FLOWERS: Large, showy, round, borne on erect spikes from the top of the stem; white, pink or purple
FLOWERING SEASON: Summer
FRUITS: Pie-shaped, separating into many "slices"
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Hairs
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Dermatological
COMMENTS: The foliage hairs of these common garden flowers are irritating to some people.