Alcea rosea

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Alcea rosea

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wild or cultivated

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Althaea rosea Cav. HOLLYHOCK. The Orient. This species grows wild in China and in the south of Europe. Forskal [1] says it is cultivated at Cairo for the sake of its leaves, which are esculent and are used in Egyptian cookery. It possesses similar properties to the marshmallow and is used for similar purposes in Greece. [2]

  1. Pickering, C. Geog. Dist. Ans. Pls. 47. 1863-1876.
  2. Masters, M. T. Treas. Bot. 1:46. 1870.
Sturtevant, Notes on edible plants, 1919.