Alcea rosea (Common Hollyhock; syn. Althaea chinensis Wall., Althaea ficifolia Cav., Althaea rosea Cav.) is an ornamental plant in the Malvaceae family.
It was imported into Europe from China in the sixteenth century. William Turner, an herbalist of the time, gave it the name "holyoke" from which the English name derives.
Hollyhock is stated to be an emollient
. It is used to control inflammation
, to stop bedwetting
and as a mouthwash in cases of bleeding gums.