This mixture of large-flowered hybrids replaces the Singles strain we offered for many years because the hybrids are substantially more perennial. They owe their durability to one of their parents, A. ficifolia, a long-lived Siberian species with Fig-like foliage. In all other respects, these are the traditional Hollyhocks, whose towering spikes of huge (4–5″) blooms are one of summer's greatest pleasures. Colors run from white to pale yellow to pink and burgundy, and plants reach heights of 6–8′. Hollyhocks will never outlive Peonies, but the plants from this Perennial Mixture carry on long after their biennial cousins are gone. Use multiple plants for a full range of color.
For information on the growing and care of Alcea, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Astorian from NYC, NY
This is an excellent Alcea that is crossed with the rugosa perennial variety. By the second year in my garden the stems reached nearly 7 feet, with abundant flowers continuing into early fall. Order multiples for the best variety of color, as the individual plants are not marked. The purple is a beauty: deep, rich and glowing. The yellow is rather pale (like the rugosa parent). The pink has purple hints. My shipment also included one white, which has a tint of ivory.
Debbie from Geneva, New York
My plants arrived healthy and happy. Not knowing exactly where they would be planted, I temporarily planted them in the veggie garden where they continued to grow all summer. Last fall I transplanted them....sprinkled them here and there and patiently waited for spring. Every plant survived and when they bloomed.....oh goodness it was breathtaking! These were by far my favorite flower of summer. Gorgeous variety of colors that the bees just couldn't resist. Couldn't keep my eyes (and camera) off of them! Now I'm starting my fall clean up and am thrilled to see the many baby hollyhocks that have taken root. Is it spring yet? I can't wait! Thank you for this delightful addition to my gardens!
Kaybee from Philadelphia, PA
I bought 6 plants last year and only one of them returned this year, so I feel like it was a complete waste of money. The one that returned is beautiful but has a major leaf rust problem that made it a very difficult plant to manage.
Polly from Cincinnati, OH
These plants did not grow as tall as promised and only half of them
survived the first year.
This year "rust" disease finished them early in the season.
Therefore, we have never seen any bloom.
Prefers full sun (or partial shade in the South) and moist but well-drained soil with near-neutral pH. May require staking. Rust, a fungus that appears as brown spotting on the leaves, can sometimes be a problem. Combat with applications of sulfur begun early in the season. Red spider mites and caterpillars often plague Hollyhocks grown in the South (A. rugosa is a notable exception).