Twenty-four images of Hollyhock, Alcea rosea, Alcea rosea var. sinensis, Alcea sinensis, shu ku, a member of the mallow family, Malvaceae, that is commonly grown as a garden annual or short-lived perennial throughout the world. It originated in China and came to the West at an early date. Like its close relative, marshmallow Althaea officinalis, the plant is high in mucilagin and the young leaves have been cooked and eaten or used as a soup base. The flowers petals have also been eaten raw or cooked. Widely used as a folk medicine, with flowers and leaves made into tea for coughs, or roots or leaves applied externally to treat inflammation. Best known as an ornamental.
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