Hollyhock - Alcea rosea


Tall, rather bristly plant up to 3 metres in height. Leaves large (to 30 cm) rounded heart-shape in outline, usually 5 to 7 lobed, coarsely toothed, long stalked. Flowers generally pink or white, large 60 to 80 mm in long, leafy, slender racemes.

Identification difficulty

Usually found as an escape from cultivation. Occurring on roadside verges and waste places, often close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowers July to September.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread in England as an escape from cultivation.

VC55 Status

Rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not included in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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