Alcea, Double Hollyhock, Garden Hollyhock 'Peaches 'n Dreams'

Alcea rosea

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Alcea (al-KEE-uh) (Info)
Species: rosea (RO-zee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Peaches 'n Dreams




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:




Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Hereford, Arizona

Alamo, California

Salinas, California

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Des Plaines, Illinois

Mt Zion, Illinois

Crown Point, Indiana

Ewing, Kentucky

Shepherdsville, Kentucky

Gaithersburg, Maryland

Palmer, Massachusetts

White Lake, Michigan

Fulton, Missouri

Blair, Nebraska

Mount Laurel, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Reedsville, Ohio

Meshoppen, Pennsylvania

Summerville, South Carolina

Mc Minnville, Tennessee

Sweetwater, Tennessee

Lubbock, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kalama, Washington

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 27, 2009, PinetopPlanter from Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I've grown a number of different types of hollyhocks in the past, carrying on traditions from grandparents and such. 'Peaches and Dreams' is not your grandparents' variety of hollyhock . . . the flowers are very VERY doubled and HUGE. When they fall from the plant, they still look fresh (at least for a day). Unlike other doubles I've grown in the past, which tended to be a little shorter in stature than the singles, these plants are tall -- I had 5 or 6 plants scattered about the edge of the garden in bloom; none were shorter than 7 feet; most were 8 feet or taller.

I had tried to grow these from seed -- the method I've used to grow other varieties of hollyhocks. I did have trouble with this variety damping off. While 'Appleblossom' and 'Creme de Casis' seedlings in adjoinin... read more


On Sep 12, 2007, Cyprepedium from Palmer, MA wrote:

Sept., 2007--I have memories from the 1950s of the hollyhocks in my grandmother's beautiful gardens. Over the past couple of years, I felt I wanted to try to grow some myself. I bought Alcea rosea 'Peaches 'n' Dreams' this past May, spent the summer watching it grow, and finally the day came when the first buds opened. What an incredible flower and color! It was worth the wait. Unfortunately, I think our dry summer held it back somewhat. Even so, as of today it's slightly over 6'. I also planted seeds of the older, single-flower kind. I now have a lot of small plants that I hope will return to flower next year. I also intend to open another small garden in the spring just for hollyhocks, including the older kind.


On Jun 26, 2006, greendeb from Reedsville, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

I purchased this hollyhock in a 12 inch plant in 2005...I had 5 ft. tall plants with beautiful flowers the first year. This year, my hollyhocks are 9-10 ft. tall....I kid you not! They are so heavy with flowers that we have them staked, tied and propped up. They were the anchor type plant on our front porch but now have grown so big, we will have to move them next year 'cause we can't see out the front of the porch!


On Jan 23, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

'Peaches 'n Dreams' was recommended to me by another plant collector. I don't know if it was mistakingly labeled at the nursery or if it reverted, but it ended up blooming single, dark pink and white blooms. I took it out.

My information on this plant says that it is hardy in zones 3-9.


On Jul 12, 2005, 1gardengram from Fayetteville, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

I bought a small plant last year and had to wait until this year for the flowers, but they were worth waiting for.


On Oct 6, 2004, Songbird839 from Medicine Hat, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

This was my first year with this plant and it was in a 4" pot when I bought it. It grew to be a big plant with huge big flowers. We had a cool rainy August which probably accounts for it's intense color. Love this plant!