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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map