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Hollyhock - Rugose
Hollyhock - Rugose
Hollyhock - Rugose
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Hollyhock - Rugose

Alcea rugosa
Russian hollyhock's lemon yellow flowers are lovely with deep maroon hollyhocks and Queen Anne's lace Dara's huge burgundy umbels. This species is rust resistant, which is very welcome, as this pox upon hollyhocks is hard to escape entirely once present. It grows lustily to great heights in fertile soils, where staking is needed. Space well apart for a season-long show of saucer-shaped blooms.
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Growing Companions
Queen Anne's Lace 'Dara'
Queen Anne's Lace 'Dara'
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
36
Lifecycle
Perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
4,
5,
6,
7,
8
Mature Size
6-8' h x 2.5' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Rich, moist, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Pale yellow saucer-shaped flowers.
Features
Great Cut Flower
Heat or Drought Tolerant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Surface to 1/8". Press in lightly.
Sprout Time:
Germinates irregularly over a long period
Starting Indoors:
Sow indoors in pots about 6-8 weeks before planting out. Keep at 35-40°F for 10 days, then at 65-70°F. Provide moist conditions by placing a humidity dome over the containers until germination occurs.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow late spring to summer.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Rugose Hollyhock is a disease resistant cottage garden favorite that blooms in a seemingly never ending display, for the large saucer-shaped flowers open in succession from the bottom up. Providing a strong vertical accent in gardens, they look great supported by a picket fence or against a shed. Stake if growing in windy areas and space well apart to increase air circulation and avoid disease. Self-sows.
Final Spacing:
2'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
1" a week. Drought tolerant once established due to its tap-rooted nature.
Soil pH:
Tolerates most pH levels
Fertilizer:
Incorporate a 1" layer of compost annually.
Diseases & Pests:
Avoid fungal rust problems by spacing plants properly and planting them in a location that receives good air flow. If hollyhock rust has ever been a problem spray with organic fungicide preventively throughout the season or plant in a new location. If slugs are troublesome to new seedlings sprinkle some diatomaceous earth or iron phosphate pellets on the ground around the plants.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when 1/3 of flowers are open.