An endless supply of blossoms! Home flower gardeners enjoy growing hollyhocks in borders or against walls and fences where their spectacular flowers stand tall above all else. The classic variety (Alcea rosea) has graced cottage gardens, outbuildings and farmsteads for more than a century. Butterflies and hummingbirds find them very appealing! Large, showy blooms of white, light pink, magenta, light yellow and burgundy completely cover sturdy 4- to 9-foot tall stalks. Hollyhock plants are considered a biennial, that is, they grow foliage the first year; flower, produce seeds, and die the second year. These old-time garden favorites reseed themselves freely and flourish in sunny locations that are protected from wind and not too dry. Plants usually do not require staking. Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade Maturity: 365 days or more from seed to flower Height: 4 to 9 feet Spacing: 18 to 36 inches apart in all directions
|Features||Hollyhocks are closely related to okra, cotton and hibiscus.