Hollyhocks (alcea) are perhaps the definitive old-fashioned garden plant. They are the tall, stately flowers you admire in established gardens of older homes. The lofty spires on our hollyhock plants are covered with large, frilled flowers in stunningly beautiful colors. Typically biennial, allow the seeds to fall and the clump will persist and return for years to come. They are Royal Horticultural Society prize winners! They bloom for weeks and create a great back drop and tall garden divider. Plant several packs to create a mass color effect.
About this Variety
Alcea rosea red features true red flowers adding fireworks to the garden.
- 4-5" diameter outward facing flowers
- Easy to grow
- Attracts butterflies
- Will return for years to come
- Great for cottage gardens
Mid to Late Summer
Grows 4-8' tall
Plant 24-36" apart, 2-3" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 2-8, Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant in a large roomy hole with the taproot of the roots pointing downward.
May need staking. Soak them in water for about an hour before planting. Mulching will protect them from drying out and hot spring weather.