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✼ Hollyhock = Flashy
✼ Character: Enthusiastic, determined, spirited.
✼ Symbolic: Ambition, Abundance
✼ Edible: Yes, a relation of marshmallow, every part can be eaten. Once an ancient treat liked by the Egyptians, as well as the Romans, who used to eat the sugary roots, boiled and fried. In the middle ages, Hollyhock shoots were also given to calm labouring mothers, and babies were given them to chew on whilst teething. Later in the 1800s, Hollyhock sap was whipped, sugared, poured into moulds and sold as a sweet. .
✼ Medicinal: Hollyhocks also have an ancient pedigree as a medicinal plant. Used as a soothing tea, compress, poultice or mouthwash to fight a range of internal and skin inflammations. .
✼ Cut flower: Statuesque, impressive, flourishing with saucer-sized petals, you can't fail to notice the Hollyhock - especially the velvety black one (a great natural hair dye). They don't like being in a vase much unless you know what you are doing and they don't have a scent. But they are great to grow and are very undemanding in unfertilized soil and full sun. After blooming it produces a disk of seeds that it likes to fling rather abundantly.
✼ Cultural: Hollyhocks are have been associated with the upwardly mobile. They came from China, as plants for the gardens of the socially aspiring, a big show of wealth. See Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Hollyhocks are everywhere from the roofline, to the walls and as well the interior. A sure sign the owner had made it.
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