Common Hollyhock, Garden Hollyhock, Rose Mallow
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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.
Collect seed in late summer/ early autumn, however colour will not come true if other varieties are nearby.
Sow late winter in pots/modules at 13C for flowers in the same season. Or direct sow in midsummer if treating as a biennial.
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral, Acid, Alkaline
This plant suits informal cottage style gardens planted in flower borders/beds or wall-side borders.
Purple, Red, Multicoloured, Orange, White, Pink, Cream, Yellow
Young growth can be attacked by caterpillars; flea beetles occasionally causes significant defoliation