Calling all "judges" for the annual DG County Fair! Vote for your favorites here!

Alcea, Double Hollyhock 'Chater's Double Pink'

Alcea rosea

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alcea (al-KEE-uh) (Info)
Species: rosea (RO-zee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Chater's Double Pink
Additional cultivar information:(Chater's Double Group, aka Chater's Pink)
Synonym:Althaea rosea




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

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 seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Hampton, Illinois

Deer River, Minnesota

Quechee, Vermont

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 8, 2013, phkat from Libby, MT (Zone 5b) wrote:

Absolutely beautiful. My husband loves these better than anything else in my flower beds. (At the moment anyway.)


On May 30, 2010, gary1173 from Sugar Land, TX wrote:

I planted one of these last year, assuming I would not get blooms the first year. Surprisingly, it was beautiful, with several 8 feet tall stems, covered with double pink blooms which resemble carnations. The original plant bloomed again this year, although not quite as vigorously. Last year, after the blooms faded, I harvested seeds to replant. Those plants are currently about 3 feet tall (May in Houston), not sure if I will get blooms this year. Both last year and this year, some of the leaves of my hollyhocks got covered with some sort of pest or disease -- small brown spots -- but it doesn't seem to harm the overall health of the plant. A great addtion to my garden.


On Jun 20, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

It's hard to wait until the second year for the flowers, but they were well worth the wait.