Answer: Hollyhocks are usually considered at minimum biennials and sometimes perennials. The first year from seed they will become established and grow a rosette of foliage. They will live over the winter and bloom the second summer. Sometimes they will return year after year, but often seem to fade away after the second year or third year. If allowed to set some seeds, they may self sow and form a self-renewing patch so that it seems as though they are perennials whether or not the individual plants live for only two years or live longer. In short, your plants should flower for you this summer. Enjoy!
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