PlantsAlcea→Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

Botanical names:
Alcea rosea Accepted
Alcea rosea subsp. ficifolia Synonym
Althaea ficifolia Synonym
Alcea ficifolia Synonym
Althaea rosea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 5 to 8 feet (1.5-2.4m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 3"-4"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees


Honey Bees in the Garden:  JulyHoney Bees in the Garden: July
By Mindy03 on July 6, 2011

Independence Day and the beginning of the hottest days of summer, the Dog Days, are the major events in July. Gardeners and honey bees are trying to keep cool and harvesting food.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 9, 2012 4:30 PM

Honey bees get nectar and pollen from this plant. Single flowered varieties are best.

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 1, 2014 8:32 PM

Alcea rosea is a larval host plant for several butterfly species, including the Common Checkered Skipper, Painted Lady, West Coast Lady, and American Lady.

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Posted by Zencat (West Valley City, Utah - Zone 7a) on Aug 23, 2014 8:17 AM

I have found that this can get a bit weedy (as in lots of seedings) but they are easily pulled if gotten to early. Heavy clay soil doesn't seem to bother it. Grown in full sun. The leaves get a bit ragged looking near the end of the season but that is due to mostly butterfly larva. Other insects include Hollyhock weevil.

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Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jun 5, 2020 12:03 PM

For best results (if you are planting more than one), plant Alcea 1 and a half feet apart from each other.

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Plant Events from our members
TBGDN On September 5, 2014 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
piksihk On February 9, 2018 Seeds sown
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Unknown color
dragonfetti On February 4, 2015 Seeds sown
24 seeds in planter trays. "MIX" variety.
dragonfetti On January 28, 2015 Seeds sown
Planted the four bare root plants in the Sunflower garden.
dragonfetti On January 12, 2015 Obtained plant
Four bare root plants from WM $9.98.
dragonfetti On October 13, 2014 Obtained plant
From Seedfrenzy on Ebay
Catmint20906 On June 6, 2015 Bloomed
antsinmypants On March 26, 2021 Plant emerged
antsinmypants On December 27, 2020 Seeds sown
WS - Jug 4
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