Hollyhock - Alcea rosea
| Introduction |
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.
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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