Alcea × althaea 'Parkrondell'
Common Name: Hollyhock
Species: × althaea
Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Good for wildlife, A good architectural plant
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 1.50 m (150 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun||Spread: 0.60 m (60 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: Pink|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering Period: June & July|
Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained
A cottage garden favourite, hollyhocks come in every colour except purple and blue which makes them useful companions for many other cottage-style plants. They are a magnet for bees and butterflies too. This one has tall spires of lavender-pink flowers with darker pink veins throughout summer which emerge from rosettes of dark green leaves. Its perfect for adding vertical interest to a sunny well-drained border.
- Garden care: Water well during dry spells. All hollyhocks are prone to rust. To prevent rust, either spray with Bordeaux Mixture (organic) or Murphy Tumbleblite (non-organic) before the trouble appears and repeat a couple of times during the summer. In autumn cut the plants back to 15cm (6in) from the ground. As the plants are tall they will need to be staked as they grow.
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