Alcea rosea

Alcea rosea L.

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Ecology and Distribution

Global Distribution

East Mediterranean region, Sinai; widely cultivated in temperate and warm regions.

Distribution in Egypt

 Mountainous southern Sinai specially at St.Katherine.


Escape from cultivation.

Life Expectancy

Annual or short-lived perennial.


  • Alcea ficifolia L. (synonym)
  • Althaea rosea (L.) Cav. (synonym)
  • Althaea ficifolia (L.) Cav. (synonym)


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