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Alcea rosea 'Fiesta Time'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Hollyhock

This vibrant seed selection produces relatively short spikes of double, cerise pink, fringed blossoms beginning in midsummer.  This is a first year flowering perennial.

The shorter height of 'Fiesta Time' makes it more suitable to courtyard gardens and containers than its taller cousins.

Feel free to grow hollyhocks under Black Walnut trees; they are tolerant of the toxic juglone that is emitted through the trees' roots. Hollyhocks are best treated as a biennial or short-lived perennial.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  3 Feet
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
(6),7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
How fast should it grow?:
  Rapid
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Mass Planting
Specimen or focal point

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Hollyhocks provide excellent architectural height in the garden and make good backdrops for lower growing perennials. Try growing them in the cottage garden style by planting them up against a wall or picket fence. Though their stalks are very strong, they may need to be staked if they are planted in a windy site.

Hollyhocks prefer rich, moist, well-drained soil but can tolerate short periods of drought. They need full sun to really perform in the landscape. Watch for Japanese Beetles; this plant is one of their favorites!


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Coreopsis verticillata 'Sunbeam' PP19311
Common Name: Coreopsis-Threadleaf
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose' PP12909
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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Buddleia davidii 'Royal Red'
Common Name: Butterfly Bush
5,6,7,8,9,10
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Hibiscus 'Jazzberry Jam'
Common Name: Rose Mallow
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Gypsophila paniculata 'Bristol Fairy'
Common Name: Baby's Breath
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Centranthus ruber 'Coccineus'
Common Name: Red Valerian
4,5,6,7,8
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Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet'
Common Name: Gayfeather
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Phlox paniculata 'Bright Eyes'
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Summer Sorbet' PP15935
Common Name: Blue Mist Shrub
6,7,8,9
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History:

Hollyhocks were known for their curative powers.  Because of this, it was one of the first plants brought over to North America from Europe.

Fun Facts:

Did you know that Hollyhock flowers are edible?  Though they don't have much flavor, they make a showy edible garnish for summer dishes. 

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.