Alcea rosea
Alcea rosea

Common name: Hollyhock

Family: Malvaceae

Plant type Biennial, perennial
Height 5 to 8 feet
Spread 12 to 24 inches
Habit Upright
Growth rate Moderate
Interests Flowers
Uses Borders
Skill level Average
Maintenance Slight
Hardiness 2
Heat zone
Sun Full sun
Moisture Dry to moist
Soil type Slightly acid to slightly lime
Soil fertility Fertile
Water consumption Moderate
Site Sheltered to average
Flower colour Pink, red, white
Flower season Early summer to late summer
Flower size Medium to large
Foliage colour Green
Fruit colour
Edible parts
Harvest time

Hollyhocks are biennials and short lived perennials. In early to late summer they bear tall flower stems carrying large flowers in shades of red, pink and white.

Hollyhocks need full sun and well-drained soil.


They are easily grown from seed in late summer or spring.

Pests and Diseases

Hollyhocks can be prone to rust.


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