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Alcea Genus

Hollyhock

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Rich
  • Soil pH6.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Alcea genus (Hollyhock). This genus consists of about 60 species of biennials and short-lived perennials in the mallow family (Malvaceae), which are grown for their tall spikes of flowers. Leaf blades are often lobed or toothed and flowers are over 3cms wide and born singly or in racemes or fascicles (bundles).

Characteristics

Perennials or Biennials, Deciduous

Origin

Temperate Europe and Asia

Interest and use

Grown for the tall spikes of flowers.

Cultivation

They are fully hardy and will need full sun with well drained soil.

Propagation

Propagation is by seed in late summer or spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Hollyhock rust, cutworms, slugs, mallow flea, beetles, aphids and capsid bugs can be problematic.

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