Hollyhocks are short-lived perennials or biennials that frequently reseed establishing colonies in the garden. They provide a sense of Old World charm with their tall spires sometimes requiring staking and heart-shaped leaves. They are sometimes referred to as Althaea in catalogs. Direct sow 1/4-1/2 inch deep in fall or start indoors for transplanting in the spring.
Alcea rosea, Hollyhock (red)
Height 5-8'. Spread 1-2'. Red blooms June-August. Sun. Direct sow or start indoors. Germination: No pre-treatment.