This towering, flowering plant is perfect for adding visual interest behind other, smaller perennials. Butterf lies, hummingbirds and bees can’t resist the allure of the delicately crinkled, scarlet, 3–5″ blooms. The fully double flowers grow singly on stalks reaching up to 7′ tall. Not only is it drought tolerant and unappetizing to deer, this hollyhock grows safely beneath black walnut trees. It tolerates the toxic juglone released into the ground by the trees’ roots. Excellent as a cut flower. Performs best in rich, moist, well-drained soil. Alcea rosea
- Botanical Name: Alcea rosea
- Form: Perennial
- Hardiness Zone: 3-8
- Flowering Time: Summer to fall
- Light Requirements: Full Sun
- Flower Color: Fire red
- Flower Form: Fully double flowers 3 – 5″ borne singly on tall stalks.
- Foliage Type: 5-7 lobed, rounded, dull green leaves
- Growth Rate: Medium
- Height/Habit: 4 – 7 feet
- Spread: 18 – 24 inches
- Planting Instructions: Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots without bending them. Work soil around the roots, firm well and water thoroughly.
- Soil Requirements: Rich, moist, well-drained soil.
- Will Tolerate: Acidic Soil, Clay Soil, Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil
- Pruning: Cut back for increased flowering later in the summer.