Hollyhock

Hollyhock

Alcea rosea

Depending on it’s zone Hollyhocks can be considered annuals, biennials or perennials.  Whether you have to do little work or lots of work caring for them these majestic bloomers are a common addition that every gardener loves to see in the landscape. Their giant size may require some planning as to where they should go (against fences and walls always works best) and you may have to stake them to keep them upright.

They are susceptible to problems with rust so air circulation is very important.  Because of their size their stems get quite thick and woody and can be dried and used as firewood.

Hollyhock

Alcea rosea

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Soil Type: Well draining
  • Height: 3-8′
  • Width: 1-3′
  • Bloom Time: Early to mid Summer
  • Bloom Colour: White, yellow, apricot, pink, purple
  • Foliage Colour: Green, heart-shaped
  • Pests and Disease: Rust, Japanese beetle, spider mite
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Cut flowers, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Zone: 5-9

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