How to Grow Alcea rosea Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Hollyhock


Alcea rosea photograph by candiru.

Alcea rosea Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Alcea rosea
  • Common Name: Hollyhock
  • Growing Zone: USA: 5 to 9
  • Life Cycle / Plant 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
  • Flower Details: Lavender, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Salmon, White, Yellow
  • Leaf Foliage: Green
  • Fruit:
  • 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
  • Soil Moisture: Moist, moist to dry

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • 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 Attract: Hummingbirds, Butterflies
  • Tolerant of: Rabbit, Black Walnut
  • Best Garden Use: Border, Container, Foundation, Specimen
  • Family:
  • Closely Related Species:
  • Miscellaneous: Entices birdlife to the garden, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers, Attractive flowers / blooms
  • Genus Detail: Alcea
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

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