Alcea rosea Growing Guide

How to Grow Hollyhock in your Garden


Alcea rosea photograph by candiru.

Quick Alcea rosea Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific name: Alcea rosea
  • Common Name: Hollyhock
  • Growing Zone (USA): 5 to 9
  • Life Cycle/Type: Biennual, Perennial

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 72 to 120
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 12 to 36
  • Time of Bloom: Early summer to Late Fall
  • Color of Bloom: Lavender, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Salmon, White, Yellow
  • Leaf Foliage Detail: Green
  • Growth Form: Upright / erect

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Quick
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Well drained
  • Moisture: Moist, moist to dry

Caring Conditions

  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: Seeds sown in gentle heat in mid-winter or in-situ in spring
  • How to Prune: Cut back after flowering
  • Pests: Young growth can be attacked by slugs and caterpillars;flea beetles occasionally cause significant defoliation
  • Diseases: Susceptible toa rust

Further Information

  • Can Attact: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
  • Tolerant of: Rabbit, Black Walnut
  • Best used in: Border, Container, Foundation, Specimen
  • Miscellaneous : Entices birdlife to the garden, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Alcea
  • Further Reading: Here and Here

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Aleurites moluccana
Allamanda cathartica
Allium aflatunense
Allium caeruleum
Allium giganteum
Allium Globemaster
Allium moly
Allium schoenoprasum
Alnus glutinosa
Aloe vera
Amaranthus retroflexus
Amaryllis belladonna
Ambrosia artemisiifolia
Amelanchier alnifolia
Amelanchier canadensis
Ammi majus
Anemone blanda
Anemone coronaria
Anemone hupehensis
Anemone sylvestris
Anethum graveolens
Annona reticulata
Anthurium andraeanum
Antirrhinum majus
Aquilegia vulgaris
Aralia elata
Araucaria araucana
Araucaria heterophylla
Arbutus unedo
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
Argyranthemum frutescens
Armeria maritima
Aronia melanocarpa
Artemisia absinthium
Artemisia vulgaris
Arum italicum
Aruncus dioicus
Arundo donax
Asarum europaeum
Asclepias curassavica
Asclepias incarnata
Asclepias syriaca
Asclepias tuberosa
Asimina triloba
Asparagus densiflorus
Aspidistra elatior
Asplenium nidus
Astrantia major
Athyrium filix-femina
Aucuba japonica

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