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Hollyhock
Alcea rosea 'Old Farmyard'

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alcea (al-KEE-uh) (Info)
Species: rosea (RO-zee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Old Farmyard
Synonym:Althaea rosea

Category:

Biennials

Perennials

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pink

Red

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

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

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Long Beach, California

Orange, California

Atlanta, Georgia

Spencer, Indiana

Elkton, Kentucky

West Kill, New York

Kittanning, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Aug 6, 2008, DaddyNature from Atlanta, GA wrote:

This is a very-very neat plant....and the blooms do impress! My plants didn't bloom the 1st year but wowed me this year. The seeds are simple to grow -- very hearty results. :-D

Positive

On Aug 24, 2004, daisyavenue from Long Beach, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

This is a lovely version of the old fashioned hollyhocks. They all did not bloom the first year but should the second.

The plants can be quite large and so space is important.