Alcea Hollyhock – Rose Hollyhock (Pink)
Traditionally associated with cottage-style borders, Hollyhocks are a mysterious and prolific flower with a long and rich history. This sun to partial shade loving Asian native is an adaptation of an old cottage garden favourite.
The flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and bees. Plant in moist but well drained soil. The plants need plenty of room, space them 45 to 60cm (18 to 24in) apart. Because of their height, they are best planted at the back of the border.
Hollyhock seeds can be sown outdoors in either pots or in seedbeds in late summer. In the fall, before the ground freezes, or in the spring after the ground has thawed, move the plants to a permanent location in the garden.
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