Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
Hollyhocks are classic garden plants. Tall flower spikes produce flowers nearly all summer in a variety of colors.
Uses- As a background border in the garden, against a fence or wall and as a specimen plant.
Bloom Time- Mid-summer through early fall.
Flower- Flowers on a long, wand like spike in colors including: white, shades of yellow, pink, lavender, red and nearly black.
Size and Shape- 2 to 9 feet tall
Culture- Hollyhocks are a biennial. The first year of growth they form a low growing rosette of leaves. Plants produce a flowering stalk the following year. Hollyhocks re-seed readily in the garden. Plant in full sun with well-drained soils.
Features- Cultivars of hollyhock are available that offer double flowers.