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It belongs to the family of Malvaceae and it was imported from south-western part of China to Europe. It being an ornamental plant is quite famous among the Europeans. The plant is variously described as a biennial, an annual or a perennial that is short-lived. These plants can easily grow on soil of quite a wide range. The flowers come in different colours like pink, white, yellow etc.
The scientific name of this plant is Alcea rosea. The common name of this plant is hollyhock. This is a herbaceous plant with showy flowers attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. It is considered as laxative and emollient when it's the case of herbal medicine. The plants with different coloured flowers prefer different kinds of soil.
It is very easy to take care of these plants.
If one makes plant to grow these plants from seeds then the seeds must be planted in August or September and to be bloomed in the next following year.
These plants prefer to grow in soil which is well drained and can hold moisture.
The plants which are blooming must be watered every week deeply and the plants which are not flowering must be watered monthly or once in two weeks.
The soil must be saturated to about two feet depth.
Watering must be done from beneath in order to avoid the foliage which is rust-susceptible from wetting.
These plants are tolerant to a variety of well-drained soil though do not prefer to grow in winter wet soil.
Fertilization must be done in order to maintain a healthy growth of the plants.
These plants are likely to grow in full sun light with an average temperature of around sixty five degree Fahrenheit.
The blooming period of these plants is from the month of June to the month of August.
These plants grow to a height from six feet to eight feet.
The soil must be dressed with manure, bone meal, compost, fertilizer of slow release and seaweed meal.
These plants have ornamental usages and these have also medicinal purposes as it is used mainly to control inflammation and used in stopping bedwetting.
These plants are also needed in mouth washing when it comes to bleeding gums.