Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix'
Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix'
Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix'
Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix'
Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix'
Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix'
Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix'
Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix'
Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix'
Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix'

Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix'

"Mixed hollyhocks"

Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix'

5 bare roots — £7.90

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Description

Nothing evokes the feel of a traditional cottage garden like a crowd of sky-scraping hollyhocks. The towering, upright stems of this Alcea rosea mix soar to an impressive height of 2m or more once established, rising like stately beacons in early summer and often enduring through to September. Chubby buds encircle each vertical stem, opening one at a time from the bottom upwards until the crescendo when every silky bloom is revealed. Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix' is a joyful collaboration of colours from soft pastels to powerful red and black, each mingling beautifully with carefree flamboyance. The gossamer fine petals of hollyhocks flutter delicately, enticing passing pollinators to an irresistible nectar feast.

Although hollyhocks are relatively short-lived perennials, they are generous self-seeders, ensuring future generations for many years to come. Easily cross pollinated with other Alcea, it’s always a lovely surprise to find out which colours emerge from one year to the next. Naturally with stems this tall they require a sheltered spot away from strong winds. Plant meandering drifts of Alcea rosea through the back of a sunny border as a backdrop for lower growing shrubs and perennials.

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Alcea rosea

  • Flower colour

    Various

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    1.2-2.5m

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    5 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Wildlife gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Stony
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Alcea 'Hollyhock Mix' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Mixed hollyhocks" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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