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Hollyhocks are old-fashioned cottage garden favorites for their height and cheerful flowers in a wide range of colors. Most require staking to support their heavy stems.

Latin Name

Alcea rosea



Type of Plant

Perennials Perennials

Bloom Season

June - August


Summer Summer


Max height Max Height: 8'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Flower Border
  • Annual
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun


  • Black Walnut
  • Rabbit

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies
    Hummingbirds Hummingbirds


    Native Range

    Southwestern Asia and the Balkans


    In 1790 in Annapolis, William Faris was growing them in his garden.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    2a 2b 3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b 10a 10b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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