Giant Hollyhock Seeds
The native habitat of the Hollyhocks
is China. The plants were originally grown and cultivated by Chinese gardeners to symbolize the passing of time. Chinese peasants ate the cooked leaves as spring greens and considered the buds a delicacy. The crusaders brought the plants via the Mediterranean to Europe in the15th. century. In 1630, John Withrop Jr. brought the plants to America.
, a relative to the hibiscus, have been a garden favorite for hundreds of years. The height of these cheerful flowers make them ideal for a flower garden background plant.
usually act like short-lived perennials but may re-seed themselves for many years.
The Hollyhock flower
is believed to stand for fertility and wealth. Hollyhock flowers
are edible (so are the leaves, root and stem). The are said to have a bland, slightly sweet flavor and can make a lovely edible cake decoration or accent in an edible flower salad
Children love making dolls out of Hollyhocks
. Use a flower for the skirt. Use a bud to top the skirt with a head (attach with a toothpick) and put another flower on the head to serve as a bonnet!
Black Hollyhock Seeds
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