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Alcea rosea 'Nigra'

Alcea rosea L., Malvaceae. Hollyhock. First called holyoke by Turner (1548). Cultivar 'Nigra' refers to its dark red coloured flowers. Distribution: Southwest China, but now a world-wide garden plant. Early medicinal uses are difficult to find as it was confused with mallow (Malva, Lavatera), Marsh Mallow (Althea), hibiscus (Hibiscus), and abutilon (Abutilon) but Parkinson (1640) says the leaves o…