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Hollyhock (Alcea)

Photo by Linda 2015

Hollyhock plants are tall, with eye-catching structure and background perfect for borders and beds. Hollyhock flowers are classic plants that burst with bell-shaped florets or striking double blooms. Also called by their botanical name, Alcea rosea, hollyhocks provide an old-fashioned accent.

Hollyhock plants are known for their reliability and hardiness, and some stalwart hollyhocks are even drought resistant plants that will thrive in the most arid of growing conditions. From sturdy stems, hollyhock flowers emerge, bursting pink, yellow, red or purple petals. Look for the alcea rosea to deliver its blooms midsummer to early fall, and these lovely perennial flowers can last throughout the summer.