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Hollyhock
Alcea


Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.


Description:
Recapture the charm of yesterday's cottage gardens with towering spikes of hollyhocks.  This is an old-fashioned plant often seen growing alongside older farmhouses where it can re-seed freely.  Hollyhocks also make good backdrops for lower growing perennials.  Though their stalks are very strong, they may need to be staked if they are planted in a windy site. However, they may not need staking if planted next to a fence or wall.
 
Common Name: Hollyhock
Botanical Name: Alcea
Type: Biennial or perennial; treat as a perennial by cutting back after bloom
Soil Preference: Will grow in dry to moist soils but prefers a rich, moist well-drained soil with a neutral pH.  Can tolerate short periods of drought.
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Attributes: Good dried flower, good cut flower, attracts butterflies & hummingbirds
Pests: Slugs, snails, caterpillars and Japanese beetles
Diseases: Leaf spot, rust, powdery mildew, rot
Good Companion Plants: Baby's Breath, Blue Mist Shrub, Bellflower, Butterfly Bush, Globe Thistle, Rosemallow, Tickseed, Fountain Grass
Care:

Cut spent flower stems near the ground after plant's first flowering for best plant growth and re-bloom. 

Feel free to grow hollyhocks under Black Walnut trees; they are tolerant of the toxic juglone that is emitted through the trees' roots. Hollyhocks are best treated as a biennial or short-lived perennial.

Planting Instructions:  Perennials

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Alcea rosea 'Chater's Series Double
Newport Pink'

Hollyhock
zones 2-8
 
Description:  Newport Pink sports tall, sturdy spikes of ruffled, fully double pink flowers that open from the bottom up.  Long bloom time.*thank you to Walters Gardens for image use
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: June-August
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 4-6'
Spread: 12-18"


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Alcea rosea 'Chater's Series Double Purple'
Hollyhock
zones 2-8
 
Description:  Tall, sturdy spikes of ruffled, fully double dark purple flowers open from the bottom up over a long period in summer. 
Bloom Color: Dark purple
Bloom Time: June-August
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 4-6'
Spread: 18-24"


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Alcea rosea'Chater's Series Double Scarlet'
Hollyhock
zones 2-8
 
Description:  Sports tall, sturdy spikes of ruffled, fully double, scarlet-red flowers that open from the bottom up over a long period in summer.
Bloom Color: Scarlet Red
Bloom Time: June-August
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 4-6'
Spread: 18-24"


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Alcea rosea 'Chater's Series Double Yellow'
Hollyhock
zones 2-8
 
Description:  Chater's Yellow sports tall, sturdy spikes of ruffled, fully double, yellow flowers that open from the bottom up over a long period in summer.
Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: June-August
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 4-6'
Spread: 18-24"


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Alcea rosea 'Cream de Cassis'
Hollyhock
zones 2-8
 
Description:  This variety will command attention with it's large, 3-4 inch wide flowers of white with a raspberry throat and veining surrounding a yellow eye.  Both single and semi-double flowers are found on a single stem. 
Bloom Color: White/raspberry
Bloom Time: June-August
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 4-6'
Spread: 12-18"


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Alcea rosea 'Fiesta Time'
Hollyhock
zones 2-9
 
Description:  This vibrant seed selection produces relatively short spikes of double, cerise pink, fringed blossoms beginning in midsummer.  This is a first year flowering perennial. The shorter height of 'Fiesta Time' makes it more suitable to courtyard gardens and containers than its taller cousins.
Bloom Color: Pink Shades
Bloom Time: June-August
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 36"
Spread: 18-24"


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Alcea 'Halo Red & Yellow'
Hollyhock
zones 2-8
 
Description:  Large bright single glowing red flowers with an attractive yellow “halo” in the center of each bloom. Produces tall flowers spikes on strong bushy plants with plenty of eye-catching flowers on each spike in summer.    Plant near the back of the border.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 5-6'
Spread: 24"


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Alcea 'Mars Magic'
Hollyhock
zones 3-9
 
Description:  Bright red, single flowers are produced on tall, sturdy stalks in midsummer. Other than their fabulous blossoms, one of it’s  best traits is that the plants are truly perennial (not biennial) and they bloom the first year! Will grow under Black Walnut trees.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 5-6'
Spread: 24"


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Alcea 'Peaches n' Dreams'
Hollyhock
zones 3-9
 
Description:  1998 winner of Thompson & Morgan's Flower of the Year award.  By midsummer, tall, strong stalks are packed with large, fully double, peach-colored blossoms which become tinged raspberry-pink.  They bloom from the bottom up over a long period in summer. 
Bloom Color: Peach/pink
Bloom Time: June-August
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 4-6'
Spread: 12-18"

Alcea zebrina (see Malva)
 

 


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