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Alcea rosea ‘Spring Celebrities Lilac’ (Hollyhock)

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Noted for its shorter stature, Alcea rosea ‘Spring Celebrities Lilac’ (Hollyhock) is a short-lived perennial that produces sturdy spikes of large, double, lilac, fringed flowers. Blooming from mid to late summer, the striking flowers are arranged all around the spike and bloom from the bottom up. An old garden favorite, this hollyhock cultivar is perfect for sunny borders or containers. Great for small gardens, too!

Size: Grows vigorously up to 24-32 in. high (60-80 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm). Hollyhocks easily self-seed and can establish colonies in the garden.

Uses: Given its stature, it’s excellent as a background plant in perennial borders. It also suits cottage gardens and can be used as a natural screen or backdrop against fences and walls.

Pollinators: Hollyhocks attract various pollinators, especially bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, which are drawn to their large, nectar-rich flowers.

Toxicity: Hollyhocks are generally considered non-toxic to humans, but like many plants, they can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

Deer and Rabbit: Hollyhocks are usually not the first choice for deer and rabbits; however, when food sources are scarce, they might nibble on them.

Invasiveness: Alcea rosea is native to Europe and Asia. It may become weedy and potentially invasive in some areas.

Hollyhock Growing Tips

Location: Hollyhocks prefer full sun but can tolerate light shade. They need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight for best flower production. Pick a site sheltered from the wind to prevent these tall plants from flopping.

Soil: Hollyhocks tolerate a wide range of soil conditions but will not tolerate wet winter soils. Plant in well-draining, fertile soils for optimal results.

Watering: Young plants thrive in moist environments. Mature hollyhocks typically require water during extended periods of heat and dryness.

Pruning: After flowering, cut back the stalks to encourage a second bloom. At the end of the season, remove old stalks to reduce disease risk.

Propagation: Hollyhocks can be propagated from seeds. Sow seeds outdoors anytime from spring (after all danger of frost has passed.) until 2 months before the first heavy fall frost. If you prefer to start them indoors, do so about 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost date in your area.

Pest and diseases: Hollyhocks are susceptible to several pests and diseases, including anthracnose, leaf spot, rust, Japanese beetles, and spider mites.

Hollyhock: How to Grow and Care with Success


Hollyhocks, while undeniably beautiful, can be finicky to cultivate. Our well-researched guide provides insights into ensuring thriving growth, achieving the most vibrant blooms, and prolonging their lifespan, allowing gardeners to fully enjoy the majestic allure of hollyhocks in their landscape.

Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 3 - 10
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Malvaceae
Genus Alcea
Common names Hollyhock
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Rabbit, Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Requirements

Hardiness 6 - 9
Heat Zones 3 - 10
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Malvaceae
Genus Alcea
Common names Hollyhock
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Rabbit, Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers, Small Gardens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage
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