Alcea ficifolia is more vigourous than your usual hollyhocks. Introduced from Siberia at the end of the 16th Century. It's leaves are fig leaf shaped.
Spikes of flowers in a variety of colours over a long season.
Hardy perennial that prefers a well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun.
Sow spring indoors or in situ, just covering seed. Cut back after flowering.