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PlantFiles: Hollyhock
Alcea rosea 'Indian Spring'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alcea (al-KEE-uh) (Info)
Species: rosea (RO-zee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Indian Spring

Synonym:Althaea rosea

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16 members have or want this plant for trade.


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
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

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1 positive
3 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral sketchkat06 On Aug 30, 2010, sketchkat06 from Lawndale, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I though the hibiscus looking flowers on this variety were nice. They needed a bit of staking to stay up, they really wanted to flop over. I started mine indoors in December and it was early enough to tricke them into blooming first year.

Warning for southern California: I had serious trouble with scale infesting my hollyhocks and the rubbing alcohol didn't work to get them off. The plants made it to bloom and seed, but the scale seriously uglified the leaves :/

Neutral lehua_mc On Jul 2, 2009, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This rating could be positive, since its vigor was a major boon to my garden, but Puccinia malvacearum, the hollyhock rust struck, with the "small light reddish brown pustules" on the underside of a variety of leaves, old, young, healthy.
I sowed these in mid April, and three months later, my robust crop was 4' high and about to flower! They got morning shade and intense afternoon heat. Even with the rust I enjoyed one season of the flowers, into November. Come spring however the rust was total and complete, disfiguring what tried to be perennial and requiring total demolition of the area. I am planting native shrubs in that area now, no more risks.

Neutral girlndocs On Mar 2, 2006, girlndocs from Tacoma, WA wrote:

I love this flower, epecially massed together, but I have given up on it because of the continuous fungal problems and slug problems. It self sowed like mad, and I'd find healthy little seedlings popping up, but before they send up blooming stalks they were usually eaten to lace or crusted with rusty spots. I don't have time or energy for plants that need constant coddling to bloom, and unfortunately it looks like hollyhocks are one of those plants in my garden.

I still have the occasional volunteer, though, and when one of those blooms it's always a pleasant surprise.

Positive Fleurs On Nov 28, 2003, Fleurs from Columbia, SC wrote:

'Indian Spring' bloomed this summer after being winter sowed. Flowers are large, single blossoms in shades of pale yellow, hot pink, and deep rose; foliage has been remarkably pest-free.


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

Capistrano Beach, California
Lawndale, California
Rockford, Illinois
Marietta, Mississippi
Blair, Nebraska
Elba, New York
Spencer, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Columbia, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Houston, Texas
Tacoma, Washington

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