Hollyhock is completely edible – leaves, roots, flowers, seeds – not just an amazing looking flower, common in many cottage gardens. It’s a valuable medicinal plant too and can be use in natural homemade skin care.
Who would have thought? Hollyhock is a really useful and hardy self-seeding plant in a diverse polycultural garden that adds so much beauty too.
Did you also know that many other common flowers are edible – Gardenia, Gladiolus, Pansy, Hibiscus, Fuchsia, Impatiens and Jasmine flowers are also edible.
Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) is a direct relation of Marshmallow and can be used interchangeably for that herb. The difference is that Hollyhocks have woodier and tougher roots making them less palatable than Marshmallow’s softer roots.