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PlantFiles: Hollyhock
Alcea rosea 'Queeny Purple'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alcea (al-KEE-uh) (Info)
Species: rosea (RO-zee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Queeny Purple
Additional cultivar information: (aka Queenie Purple)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Dark Purple/Black
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

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:

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

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral lorrizz On Jan 21, 2013, lorrizz from Bucyrus, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I started these from seed 2 years in a row and while they bloomed the same year and were lovely, they did not come back or reseed themselves the next year.

Positive patsydresden On Mar 3, 2012, patsydresden from Milton, FL wrote:

I'm in the Pensacola FL area and my Queeny Purple dwarf hollyhocks bloomed soon after I got the plants in the ground, bloomed like gangbusters all summer long, until November! I got them as growing plants from Roberta's on QVC. Gorgeous double large deep maroon/purple blooms on bushy foliage about 18-24" high. They survived the "winter" here, stayed green all the way through cold weather and are still green now, but since they are biennials I am wondering if they will bloom again this Spring/Summer. Hope so, as this was a true standout in my garden.

Positive Tammylp On Nov 16, 2009, Tammylp from Lima, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

the deer left them alone until end of September, they they devoured them.

Positive rebecca101 On Jan 9, 2009, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

The flowers are a beautiful dark beety purple color, and double. This bloomed the first year from seed for me (August, from wintersown seeds). The foliage did look rather ratty because of all the Japanese beetles we have here. It remained very short and stocky - probably only about 18".

Positive MotherNature4 On Dec 14, 2005, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Hollyhock 'Queeney Purple' is a dwarf plant (2-3 ft.) with double purple flowers. It was an All-America Selection in 2004.

Hollyhocks do not arry over in hot, humid Florida, but they can be grown as annuals. They come up easily from seeds, so no need to buy expensive plants.

Positive tcfromky On Sep 5, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Although Japanese beetles seem to be drawn to any hollyhock growing in my gardens, 'Queeny Purple' may be less susceptable to their onslaught because it is a shorter variety.

Positive Tree_Climber On Jul 18, 2004, Tree_Climber from Brown City, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Hollyhock queeny purple is the shortest alcea rosea and the first purple hollyhock available as a single colour not part of a mixture.

Queeny purple is suppose to reach a mature height of 18" to 2 ft., making it ideal for smaller gardens, but in my garden it grew to 4 feet. Although it was taller than expected, it was a sturdier plant, and didn't need support.


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

Milton, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Van Meter, Iowa
Brown City, Michigan
Nashua, New Hampshire
Clarence, New York
Bucyrus, Ohio
Mercer, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Toone, Tennessee
Madison, Wisconsin

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