Hollyhock - Alcea rosea

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First year from seed Hollyhock without blooms.

Hollyhock is a biennial or short lived perennial. Some varieties can grow to be as much as 9 ft. tall. More common are varieties that grow to about 6 feet. Most varieties will not bloom the first year started from seed.


Hollyhock is a Host Plant for Painted Lady butterflies

Painted Lady butterflies use many different plants as host plants, including Hollyhock, Malva, Yarrow and Borage.


Where to buy Hollyhock

I highly recommend Nature Hills Nursery. Their perennials cost a bit more but they are grown in 4'' x 6'' air-pruned pots that results in healthier plants with a highly developed root mass! The price is reduced however, if you buy more plants.

You can read more information about Hollyhock 'Chaters Mix' (Alcea rosea)at the Nature Hills Nursery site to either order, read more detailed information about this plant or see more detailed pricing information. Or order by calling 1-888-864-7663 using the Source ID: 86642! You can also sign up to have a seed and plant catalog from Nature Hills Nursery mailed to your home to order also.


The Malvaceae/Mallow Family

Malvaceae is comprised of around 80 genera with 1000 species. Three hundred of these are of the genus Hibiscus. Cotton/Gossypium, Hollyhock, Malva and Okra are other well known members of this family.




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