Day 197: Althaea cannabina

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


The latter half of July should, if the weather’s behaving itself, bring blue skies and Althaea cannabina to my garden – small, pale pink flowers bobbing about in the breeze upon tall, green, wiry stems. Fortunately, the mallow like flowers (‘palm-leaf marshmallow’ and ‘hemp-leaved hollyhock’ are two additional aliases) don’t appear exclusively at the top – just as well as it easily reaches eight feet in height. Another of those valuable plants through which you can partially peer at the rest of the garden (mentally file alongside Verbena bonariensis and Stipa Gigantea for this quality). 

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