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Alcea rosea

Hollyhocks
Perennials
Classification Scientific Name: Alcea rosea
  Common Name: Hollyhocks
  Family: Malvaceae
  Location Index: HG4
  Suggested Use: beds & borders

cutflowers
     
Plant Plant type: perennial
  Plant form: upright
  Height: 3 - 8 feet
  Spread: 1 - 2 feet
  Bloom Period: spring

summer
  Flower Color: white, pink, red, maroon, purple, yellow
  Flower: large, single, saucer-shaped flowers on 3-8 foot-tall racemes
  Foliage Texture: coarse
  Foliage: dense base of dark green to gray-green foliage with tall flower stalks

alternate, simple, lobed leaves which range from large to smaller from the base to the tip of flower stalk
     
Environment USDA Zone: zone 5
  Native Range: Southern Asia
  Sun Requirement: full sun
  Water Requirement: medium
  Soil: well-drained

moist
  Heat Tolerance: medium
     
Care Maintenance: stake in windy locations

deadhead fruit to prolong bloom
  Liabilities: heat

root rot

rust

spider mites
  Tolerances: drought tolerant once established
  Propagation: seed
     
More Additional Notes: acts more as a biennial or weak perennial

strong vertical accent piece
Alcea rosea

Alcea rosea