Can you identify it. I think RB will enjoy this quiz !!!
- MWP quiz 39
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English common name Hollyhock.
Available in shades of pink, white, and a deep wine colour. Perennial - Sow in Sep/Oct, under good conditions will flower first year, second year will grow a larger flower spike up to 8ft tall.
Some plants don't make it to the second year however. Seeds freely but does not seem to establish in the wild, probably the seedlings get eaten (snails, etc) in a natural environment, and/or initially grow too slowly and are overwhelmed.
English: Common Hollyhock
Main Synonyms: Althaea rosea (L.) Cav., A. chinensis Wall., A. ficifolia Cav.
Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Country of origin: China (?).
Found in: Palace Gardens (e.g. San Anton Gardens), also found in private gardens and hotel gardens.
Occurrence in the Maltese Islands: Rare-frequent.
Flowering time: Winter-spring.
Description: An herbaceous short-lived perennial (usually grown as a biennial), up to 1-1.5 m tall. The large leaves are rough and 3-7 lobed, becoming smaller towards the terminal raceme. The flowers come in in a wide variety of colours including purple, pink, red or white...
Now you know why I am so extremely busy....