variety is resistant to hollyhock rust, while good golly miss holly has vibrant bi-coloured flowers and Charter's double apricot powderpuff-like blooms.
Hollyhock or alcea rosea
is stated to be an emollient and laxative which has a soothing effect on inflamed mucous membranes lining the airways.
Epidermal cells in both species (Alcea rosea
& Alcea lavateraeflora) of the genus Alcea were smooth walled with almost similar anatomical measurements.
It is a toxic plantAueven deer donAAEt eat it.Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea
) are plants you would expect to see in old-fashioned gardens.
Good types include Alcea rosea
'Nigra', which is a deep burgundy and single, while 'Chater's Double Group' is one of the tallest, at 1.8m to 3m, with peony-type flowers in pink, apricot, deep red, crimson, salmon, pale yellow and white.
When buying plants or seed look for rust-resistant varieties of Alcea rosea
A hollyhock to revolutionise your garden is Alcea rosea
'Majorette Mixed', for the seeds can be sown to the front of the border or in pots as the plants attain a height of just 24 to 36 inches.
Warm Geranium Pelargonium hortorum Warm (Pelargonium) Globe amaranth Gomphrena globosa Warm Gypsophila Gypsophila elegans Warm Heliotrope Heliotrope arborescens Warm Hollyhock Alcea rosea
Warm Impatiens Impatiens wallerana Warm Impatiens, New Impatiens hawkeri Warm Guinea Lobelia Lobelia erinus Cool Marigold Tagetes spp.
The cultivated ground that had been cleared of trees, ivy and weeds grew a range of mainly native plants including clary, Salvia sclarea, herb Robert, Geranium robertianum, and hollyhock, Alcea rosea
. These were harvested for the pot, for 'strewing' on the floor and to make potions and medicines.
Wine-tinted cornflowers, chocolate-scented cosmos and tall dark hollyhocks such as the nearly black Alcea rosea
`Nigra' can all add depth to the border.