Hollyhock

Alcea rosea

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Collect seed in late summer/ early autumn, however colour will not come true if other varieties are nearby.

Propagation

Seed

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

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Asia, Eurasia

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

This plant suits informal cottage style gardens planted in flower borders/beds or wall-side borders.

Personality

Family

Malvaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Red, Multicoloured, Orange, White, Pink, Cream, Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Young growth can be attacked by caterpillars; flea beetles occasionally causes significant defoliation

Related Problems

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