June 2005


Hollyhock– Alcea rosea

Origin: Europe


Looking for a lovely flowering plant that will draw hummingbirds and butterflies? Why not try the Hollyhock. A hardy biennial, hollyhocks of old were tall, swaying beauties. However, now days these have been replaced in many cases by shorter hybrid versions.

Fortunately you can still get seeds from some of the older types.


Often regarded as perennials, hollyhocks will in fact, return for a year or maybe two afterwards, if cut back immediately after finishing flowering.


Another trick is to allow the seeds to mature, then thin out the seedlings and refresh the soil with compost. This will provide you with more vigorous plants. Your hollyhock seedlings can then be relocated to spread more of the wealth.