Alcea rosea | Common Hollyhock ‘Halo Cerise’
Common Hollyhock (Alcea rosea), also known as Garden Hollyhock has graced cottage gardens, outbuildings and farmsteads for more than a century. They were once called “outhouse flowers” because Hollyhocks were grown around outhouses as they they were tall enough to cover them. Today home flower gardeners enjoy growing hollyhocks in borders or against walls and fences.
‘Halo Cerise’ Hollyhock has large, showy, cerise-pink flowers with deep purple centers that form a halo. Blooming from June to August, they are an irresistible attraction to hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.
The life expectancy of Hollyhocks can vary greatly. While they are typically biennials or short-lived perennials, we have had them grow as annuals and flower the first year. Plants will self-sow for years to come, so you are never without Hollyhocks.
Related to Hibiscus, Hollyhocks are drought tolerant, but perform best with ample moisture and rich soil. They flourish in sunny locations that are protected from wind. Reaching heights of 5-8 feet, they tower over most other plants. Ideal to grow against a chainlink fence which the flower spikes will grow up through, supporting them.
Type: Biennial, perennial
Sun exposure: Full sun
Mature height: 5- 8 ft
Mature width: 12-18 inches
Hardiness zones: 3- 9