Alcea, Double Hollyhock, Garden Hollyhock 'Queeny Purple'

Alcea rosea

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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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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

Can be grown as an annual


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (red-purple)

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:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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

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


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".


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.


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.


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.