Hollyhock facts

Hollyhocks are considered as short lived perennials or biennials. Hollyhocks have the showy blossom which attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. The flower of Hollyhock is used over the past years in various ways. It is considered as the colorful cottage plant. The ancient Chinese and Greeks use it for the medicinal purposes to treat health ailments such as earache, indigestion and toothache. The ancient Romans use the flowers and fruits in the culinary recipes. It is also used in the cosmetics. Hollyhock is used as a doll for the decoration or play.

Name Hollyhock
Scientific Name Alcea rosea
Native Asia and Europe
Common/English Name Common Garden Hollyhock, Derives, Common Hollyhock, Garden Mallow, Garden Hollyhock, Hollyhock
Name in Other Languages Brazil: Malva Da Índia,
Arabic: Khatmae,
Chinese: Shi Kui,
Czech: Proskurník Růžový,
Danish: Stokrose,
Dutch: Stokroos,
Estonian: Harilik Tokkroos,
Esperanto: Alceo,
Finnish: Salkoruusu,
French: Rose Papale,
German: Baummalve,
Hungarian: Kertimályva,
Icelandic: Stokkrós,
Italian: Malvone Roseo,
Japanese: Tachi-Aoii,
Korean: Jeop-Si-Kkot,
Norwegian: Praktstokkrose,
Pakistan : Gulekhera,
Polish: Malwa Różowa,
Russian: Štockrosa
Slovašcina: Sleznik Rožlin
Slovencina: Topoľovka Ružová
Spanish: Alcea,
Swedish: Stockros,
Turkish: Gü’hatmi,
Welsh: Hocysen Fendigaid
Plant Growth Habit Erect, herbaceous, biennial or short lived perennial
Soil Rich, well-drained
Plant Size Height: 1.5-2 m
Lifespan Annual, biennial or perennial
Stem Terete, pubescent and light green
Leaf Orbicular, medium green, Across: 7-15 cm
Flowering Season Late spring to Late summer
Flower Large, showy, pink, mauve, red, white, purple, yellow, funnel shaped; Across: 7-12 cm
Fruit shape & size Schizocarp
Seed 15 to 20 small, oval and flattened
Health Benefits
  • Cures fever
  • Treats sore throat
  • Heal wounds
  • Gastrointestinal ailments
  • Relief respiratory problems
  • Improves appetite
  • Women’s health
  • Digestive ailments
  • Teething in infants
  • Treat burns
  • Assist circulation
  • Hair health
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Hair dye


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