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Alcea rosea (Hollyhock)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Alcea rosea

Other names

Hollyhock, Althaea rosea

Genus

Alcea Alcea

Species

A. rosea - A. rosea is a hardy biennial, with shallow-lobed, rounded leaves and long erect racemes of funnel-shaped flowers in pink, purple, red, white or yellow.


Alcea rosea is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect

Flower

Pink, Cream, Yellow, White, Red, Purple in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Capsid bug , Caterpillars , Flea beetles , Slugs Capsid bug , Caterpillars , Flea beetles , Slugs

Diseases

Susceptible to a rust.

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Staking is advised particularly in windy locations.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Alcea rosea

Other names

Hollyhock, Althaea rosea

Genus

Alcea Alcea

Species

A. rosea - A. rosea is a hardy biennial, with shallow-lobed, rounded leaves and long erect racemes of funnel-shaped flowers in pink, purple, red, white or yellow.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect


Colour

Flower

Pink, Cream, Yellow, White, Red, Purple in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Capsid bug , Caterpillars , Flea beetles , Slugs

Diseases

Susceptible to a rust.

General care

Pruning

Cut back after flowering.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Wildlife

Cultivation

Plant in well-drained, moderately fertile soil in full sun. Staking is advised particularly in windy locations.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Alcea rosea (Hollyhock)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Alcea rosea (Hollyhock)

Common pest name

cotton mealybug

Scientific pest name

Phenacoccus solenopsis

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Watching brief for potential impact on tomato production in the Mediterranean. Other southern European countries likely to be more at risk. Precautionary action will be taken on findings on planting material to protect glasshouse crops and botanical gardens.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Alcea rosea (Hollyhock)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Epicauta atomaria

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

1

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

South American blister beetle; affecting solanaceous crops which (as plants for planting) are prohibited from entering the UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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Alcea Rosea (Hollyhock)

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We bought and planted 5 Hollyhocks last year, they grew and flowered to an enormous size. This year only 2 are showing any signs of foliage at the moment. Have they done all they will or will we… read more

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