Althaea kotschyi Boiss.
Althaea narbonensis Jacq.
Althaea narbonnensis Pourr. ex Cav.
Althaea cannabina is a herbaceous perennial plant with an erect, much-branched stem 50 - 180cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for its fibre, which is used locally. It is occasionally cultivated for the fibre in its stems[
]. The plant is sometimes grown as an ornamental[
Europe - France to Spain, east to Ukraine and Greece; W. Asia - Turkey to Afghanistan; Africa - Algeria..
Light deciduous woods, more rarely pine woods, wood margins, shrub thickets, especially on stony slopes, chalk slopes and limestone, meadows, rarely needlegrass and forb steppes, weedy places, roadsides, waste places, pastures, and parks[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Succeeds in almost any soil[
]. Prefers a rich moist soil in a sunny position[
]. Plants can be grown in quite coarse grass, which can be cut annually in the autumn[
A fibre obtained from the stem is used for making fine fabrics and paper[
]. It is brittle and tears easily[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. Germination usually takes place within a few weeks. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out into their permanent positions during the summer.
Division in spring or autumn. Fairly easy, it is best to pot up the divisions in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are growing away well and then plant them out into their permanent positions.