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Alcea rosea

Alcea rosea
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-13
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-12-19 1:54
Viewed: 5941
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to "Siggi" for the ID.

Kingdom: Plantae

(unranked): Angiosperms

(unranked): Eudicots

(unranked): Rosids

Order: Malvales

Family: Malvaceae

Genus: Alcea

Species: A. rosea

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.
Alcea rosea is a hardy perennial, and once established should flower for many years. It will grow in a wide range of soils, and can easily reach a height of about 8 ft. The flowers are a range of colours from white to dark red, including pink, yellow and orange. Different colours prefer different soils. The darker red variety seems to favour sandy soils, while the lighter colour seems to favour clay soils.The plants are easily grown from seed, and readily self-seed. However, tender plants, whether young from seed or from old stock, may be wiped out by slugs and snails. The foliage is subject to attack from rust (Puccinia malvacearum), which may be treated with fungicides. Commercial growers have reported that some varieties (Alcea rugosa and Alcea ficifolia) are resistant to this fungus.
Hollyhock is stated to be an emollient and laxative. It is used to control inflammation, to stop bedwetting and as a mouthwash in cases of bleeding gums.


Alcea rosea (L., anche malvarosa o malvone) è una pianta ornamentale della famiglia delle Malvaceae.
In Giappone, durante il periodo Edo, la malvarosa era il simbolo dello shogunato Tokugawa, e chiunque portasse tale simbolo sul kimono era rappresentante dello shōgun sotto tutti gli aspetti. Chiunque arrecasse danno o si opponesse agli ordini del rappresentante dello shōgun veniva punito anche con la morte. Puntare un'arma nei confronti di tale simbolo era considerato una vera e propria aggressione nei confronti dello shōgun stesso.
Le radici sono pingue di zuccheri mucillaginosi che a contatto con l'umidità si convertono in un soffice gel, che viene utilizzato per proteggere la gola dagli elementi irritanti e nel trattamento della tosse secca; le radici vengono vendute anche sotto forma di estratti secchi, sciroppi e pastiglie.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-12-19 2:04]
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Hello Luciano,
the Alcea rosea (Common Hollyhock) is one of my most favourite flowers.You have shown this one off so very well. I like your POV as I can feel my looking up to its height. Lovely rosy colour and sharpness.Best regards Siggi

Bonjour Luciano,
Il semble que tu vois la vie en rose aujourd'hui! J'imagine que cela fait du bien en plein hiver. C'est une Malvaceae. Il me semble qu'il s'agit simplement d'Alcea rosea (ou Althaea rosea), également cultivée dans nos jardins, mais naturalisée en Méditerranée. Bon dimanche,

kalimera Luciano, very nice capture, bright with natural colors, a very good photo performance!
TFS Nasos

Ciao Luciano,
splendida immagine di questa esuberante malvacea, ottima nitidezza, colori ben bilanciati anche se a causa del tipo di luce ne esce un cielo sbiadito, eccellente l'aspetto compositivo
Grazie e complimenti
Buona giornata
Ciao Maurizio

hello Luciano
super sharpness and beautiful colours
very good compo with nice light
greeting lou

A perfect composition Luciano, rich and natural colours of the image look so nice against the clear BG. Good job indeed!

Ciao Luciano. Il riciclo riserva sempre gradite sorprese. Qui la DOF è impressionante ed altrattanto vale per il dettaglio...da paura sulle nervature dei petali. Peccato per il cielo, anche se si percpisce l'estrema difficoltà che hai avuto a lavorare con una luce così. Merita la lode!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-12-19 5:57]

Ciao Luciano,
A fine portrait of Alcea rosea in flower. The POV shows it at its best with excellemnt sharpness and colours in natural lighting. This looks like it is growing in the wild state.
Thanks and have a nice Sunday evening,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-12-19 6:13]

Ciao Luciano,
a beautiful flower ...
Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours.
Best wishes,

Lovely capture of a beautiful wild flower taken from a wonderful point of view friend Luciano! As usually pin sharp detail! Great natural colors and heart braking frame in pink! Bravo, my friend and thank you for sharing that beauty with us!
George Veltchev

Hi Luciano,
I like this beautiful flower. Great surroundings, nice colours. Thanks for sharing Luciano

Hello Luciano.
Beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.
Regards, Christodoulos.

Hi Luciano,very good sharpness picture with good details
the colours are very good .TFS

Ciao Luciano,
Very nice photo of this large-flowered Alcea, lovely colours, good sharpness and beautiful composition.
Best wishes, Pambos

salut Luciano

une très jolie photo de ces roses, prise par un
excellent POV et cadrage approprié, jolie lumière,
excellent focus netteté et détails, TFS


Hello Luciano.
Wonderful ornamental flower and I would love to have this in my garden. The texture inside the stamen is beautiful and you have captured in crispy details.
Thanks and greetings from Malaysia - Jusni

Ciao Luciano, deliziosa composizione floreale, stavolta con sfondo bianco, bel ricordo della Tunisia, bei colori e ottima nitidezza, bravo, buon lunedì, ciao Silvio

Ciao Luciano!
Amazing flowers. Wonderful take. Good exposure and capture. Fine lightness and colours.
Original take.
Well done!

Ciao Luciano, ci dedichiamo ai fiori ultimamente, peraltro con ottimi risultati. Bello il soggetto e bella la realizzazione. Ciao Paolo

bonjour Luciano
ces fleurs sont adorables, j'adore leurs couleurs roses qui nous rapellent le printemps, excellents contraste avec es plantes vertes, l'image est nette et très bien composée
Passe une bonne nuit

Ciao Luciano
Très belles teintes, et très jolis détails
Bravo pour cette prise de vue
Merci amitiés

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-12-21 6:33]

Hello Luciano,
Fantastic photo of this very beautiful flower. Splendid colours, DOF and very sharp. Taken from the best possible POV.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-12-21 7:29]

Hello Luciano,
This is a wonderful flower very well captured. Details are crispy clear and the colours beautiful. Nicely framed too!! Hollyhocks only grow in gardens in Sweden.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hallo Luciano
A lovely macro from your lens. What a delight to look at such a beautiful shot, filled with soft, but striking colours. The detail captured is great and pleasant to look at and admire. The striking pink flower is very beautiful and eye-catching. I like all the unopened flower buds in the image. Thanks for sharing this pretty image. I also want to use this opportunity to send my warmest seasonal greetings to you, no matter if you celebrate Christmas or not. Thanks for you loyal friendship to me in 2010. Best regards.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-12-21 15:01]

Hi Luciano,
Beautiful image of this Alcea rosea flower with splendid colors and great composition.TFS.

Hello Luciano
The Hollyhock has gorgeous colour! Nicely framed with soft lighting. Interesting notes to go along with your image. Well done and thanks for sharing.

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