Also known as
Common Hollyhock, Garden Hollyhock, Rose Mallow
2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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An old garden favourite, this short lived perennial only occasionally flowers in its first year. Tall flower spikes up to 2 m form in summer, with usually pink flowers but sometimes shades of red, yellow, cream and white. Flowers may be double or single.
Common problems with Hollyhock
Young growth can be attacked by caterpillars; flea beetles occasionally causes significant defoliation
How to harvest Hollyhock
Collect seed in late summer/ early autumn, however colour will not come true if other varieties are nearby.
How to propagate Hollyhock
Sow late winter in pots/modules at 13C for flowers in the same season. Or direct sow in midsummer if treating as a biennial.
Special features of Hollyhock
Other uses of Hollyhock
This plant suits informal cottage style gardens planted in flower borders/beds or wall-side borders.
Flowers - Sow Under Cover in October.
Thinking ahead to next year - sow these seeds for early spring and summer colour.Explore all