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PlantFiles: Antwerp Hollyhock, Figleaf Hollyhock
Alcea ficifolia

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alcea (al-KEE-uh) (Info)
Species: ficifolia (fik-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Althaea ficifolia

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DMgardener On Nov 1, 2008, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

The seeds for this plant can be sown in Feburary indoors and planted out 1-2 before last frost. The flowers then grow in June to July at an incredibly quick rate. They perrenilize very well, if the flower stalk is cut off after the majority of the blossums have gone to seed. The foliage lasts well into fall. The leaves of mine are still on and are very bright green!

Positive kareoke On Aug 27, 2006, kareoke from Greensburg, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I am growing this plant for the first time, it is a beautiful yellow with huge leaves, it does require to be watered if dry but do not overwater, it handles the heat very well.

Neutral WUVIE On Jan 31, 2004, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

While it may be more resistant to rust, I
found that it seems to be more tasty to insects.
My Figleafs were almost lace before I checked on them,
assuming they were fine because the other varieties did well.

However, the Antwerp offers what I consider to be
antique colors. A romantic twist in the Hollyhock garden, if I may.

Neutral JanetR On Aug 28, 2001, JanetR from Ottawa, ON (Zone 4a) wrote:

This species is supposed to be more resistant to rust than other hollyhocks.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Hawthorne, California
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Victor, Idaho
Evansville, Indiana
Farmersburg, Indiana
Rushville, Indiana
Haverhill, Massachusetts
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wellington, Nevada
Roswell, New Mexico
Panama, New York
Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Mount Orab, Ohio
Painesville, Ohio
Cushing, Oklahoma
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Spartanburg, South Carolina
North Ferrisburg, Vermont
Falls Church, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Puyallup, Washington (2 reports)

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