Alcea rosea

Latin Name: Alcea rosea
Common Name: Hollyhock
Mature Height (ft): 24-48"
Mature Width: 12-24"

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Tall upright.
Mulch: Organic or inorganic.

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Old fashion garden and English cottage garden herbaceous perennial that works well in the Southwest Cottage Garden. Hollyhocks are considered to be either a biennial or perennial. They produce copious seed but are not considered invasive or troublesome. Plant seed in the fall, or early spring.  Avoid watering the foliage if irrigating, a drip system works better that above ground sprinklers.

Use in Garden

Sunny mixed beds and borders, Southwest cottage gardens. A good alley plant with little care.


Topdress with 1 inch compost annually and renew mulch. Spring cleanup of dead foliage recommended before new growth begins.