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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).
Perennials or Biennials, Deciduous
Temperate Europe and Asia
Grown for the tall spikes of flowers.
They are fully hardy and will need full sun with well drained soil.
Propagation is by seed in late summer or spring.
Hollyhock rust, cutworms, slugs, mallow flea, beetles, aphids and capsid bugs can be problematic.
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