Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh'
Description: The upright stems are clothed in early to mid summer with pretty soft pink flowers with fringed petals. A clump forming perennial with deeply divided soft green leaves in a basal rosette. Resembling small hollyhock the strong stems do need need staking and they do nut suffer from rust.
Uses: Good in any mixed herbaceous border or cottage garden style planting.
Climate/Position: Full sun or partial shade
Height/Spread: 50-100cm tall up to 50cm spread.
Soil Requirements: Any moist well drained soil. Plants are short lived in wet and heavy soils.
Pruning: Cut back flower stems after flowering, this may encourage a second flush.
Additional Interest: Apparently the roots of the mallow used to be laid in water to produce a jelly like substance, and when the 19th century confectioners added sweeteners the first "Marshmallows" were produced. Nowadays, gelatin is used instead.