Alcea rosea 'Halo Cerise' is an update on an old garden classic. This hollyhock has glowing pink to magenta flowers with deep royal purple centres that look almost black at a distance. Combine that with a bushy habit, strong perenniality, and superior rust resistance and you've got a winner. Easy to grow in a variety of soils including seasonally dry sites but hollyhocks really perform well in rich, loamy soil with good moisture.
Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan
Not known in a truly wild situation.