Hollyhock flower (Malvae arboreae flos)

Published March 2, 1989.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)


Name of Drug

Malvae arboreae flos, hollyhock flower.

Composition of Drug

Hollyhock flower consists of the flowers of Alcea rosea L. (syn. Althaea rosea (L.) Cavanilles) [Fam. Malvaceae], as well as preparations thereof.


Hollyhock flower is used as mucilage for prophylaxis and therapy of diseases and discomforts of the respiratory tract and the gastrointestinal tract, for urinary complaints and externally for ulcers and inflammations.

The effectiveness for the claimed applications is not verified.


None known.


Since the effectiveness for the claimed applications is not documented, a therapeutic administration cannot be recommended.

There is no concern for the use as a brightening agent in herbal tea mixtures.