Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
Division - Magnoliaphyta
Class - Magnoliopsida
Subclass - Dilleniidae
Order - Malvales
Family - Malvaceae
Genus - Alcea
Hollyhock is the king species of sidewalk crack garden escapees.
It is part of the Malvaceae family of plants, which includes some other incredible
ornamental flowers: the Mallows, Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus and such. Most of the mallows
are quite invasive, producing lots of little seedlings which can take over whole areas.
The Hollyhock can easily grow to twelve feet tall and creates beautiful sprays of
flowers. They are also edible.
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