Alcea, Hollyhock

Bloom Season:   Summer, late summer

Plant Habit: Upright

Characteristics: Easy care

Water: Medium

Height: 5-7 feet

Exposure: Sun

General Information: 

Alcea is a genus of flowering plants that belong to the mallow family. These tall, majestic plants are known for their showy, bell-shaped flowers.

Alcea thrives in full sun, so it's important to choose a location that receives at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. This will ensure optimal growth and abundant blooms.

Alcea prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. Before planting, amend the soil with compost or well-rotted manure to improve its fertility and drainage. A slightly acidic to neutral pH level (around 6.0-7.0) is ideal for Alcea.

While Alcea is relatively drought-tolerant, regular watering is essential during the establishment phase. Water deeply once a week, ensuring the soil is evenly moist. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.


Alcea is generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, keep an eye out for common garden pests like aphids and caterpillars. 




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