Malvaceae: a robust biennial or short-lived perennial to 2m or more. Found on waste ground, roadsides and near houses. Long erect racemes of open funnel-shaped pink flowers to 10cm across. The leaves are shallowly lobed, and rounded. The original habitat is obscure, it is probably of hybrid origin.
The young leaves can be eaten raw or cooked. They have a mild flavour. They can also be chopped up finely and added to salads. The flower petals and flower buds can also be eaten raw. They can be added to salads, or made into a refreshing tea.
The flowers have demulcent, diuretic and emollient properties. They are useful in the treatment of chest complaints, and a decoction is used to improve blood circulation, for the treatment of constipation, dysmenorrhoea, and haemorrhage.
Sow seeds from April/May or August/September in pots or in situ. Easily grown from seed, which usually germinates in about 2 - 3 weeks at 20°C. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Plants prefer a heavy rich soil and a sheltered sunny position, and are hardy to about -15°C. A very ornamental plant, it is usually grown as a biennial due to its susceptibility to the fungal disease 'rust’. The flowers are attractive to birds, butterflies and bees.
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