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French Hollyhocks

Posted by Suzanne52 zone 5,Michigan (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 24, 04 at 18:12

On todays episode of "A Gardeners' Diary" on HGTV, the featured gardener was a woman who grew up in Italy.....she now lives in North Carolina...well, she talked about her French Hollyhocks, and how she gives a little to her cats each day to deter vomitting. Has anyone heard of this and would you possibly know of a website where I could get more information?Thanks!!

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RE: French Hollyhocks

I don't have this one on my data base, but I did a quick search for you, and found this site. It does not mention that the roots are poisonous, so I think some more searching is in order. Over to you!

Here is a link that might be useful: hollyhock

RE: French Hollyhocks

I saw that episode too and what she called French Hollyhock, I have in my garden and it is called Malva zebrina. Blooms forever and is very lovely! Self sows freely.

RE: French Hollyhocks

That's fascinating. Did she say what part of the plant she feeds to her cats? Leaves, roots, flowers, fruits (which are called cheeses)? I have Malva sylvestris forms including 'Zebrina' naturalized on my place, and I grow Malva verticillata (one of the oldest domesticated plants) as a vegetable in my garden, but I never heard of feeding it to cats. My cats certainly don't show any interest in them in the garden.

RE: French Hollyhocks

You eat the flower petal and the immature seed pods. They are mucilagenous and soothe the stomach. Great for people with ulcers, similar to aloe vera.

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