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|Bristly hollyhock flowers and leaves, with Robinia sp. leaves|
The bristly hollyhock is native to the Levant, ranging from Crete and Turkey to Israel and Jordan. The part above ground of the plant withers and dies in the summer. In the winter, a rosette of flowers develops and a vertical flowering stem grows out of it. The pink flowers are numerous and large, while in the Galilee and the Carmel the flowers are darker and in the Gilboa and Samaria the flowers are lighter. The whole plant is bristly, hence its common name. The plant flowers from April until June.
In folk medicine, the liquid of the plant is used to treat injuries, burns, coughs and inflammation. The flower buds are edible, cooked and raw, and are considered as medicine for sicknesses in the airways.
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