There are between 6 and 12 species of herbaceous perennials in this genus. More were included earlier but some have been moved to the genus, Alcea. Most are native to parts of Europe and Western Asia. The genus name comes from the Greek for "cure" referring to its supposed medicinal values of parts of the plant.

Althaea cannabina Hemp Mallow
A. officinalis Marsh Mallow
A. syriacus Rose of Sharon


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