Alcea rosea PEACHES 'N' DREAMS™
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
From the extensive breeding program of Thompson & Morgan and winner of their 1998 Flower of the Year award.
In midsummer, tall, strong stalks are packed with lots of large, fully double, peach-colored blossoms which are sometimes tinged with raspberry-pink. They open from the bottom of the stalk up over a long period. The leaves are deeply lobed in classic alcea form.
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
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Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
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Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
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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!
Hollyhocks were known for their curative powers. Because of this, it was one of the first plants brought over to North America from Europe.
Did you know that Hollyhock flowers are edible? Though they don't have much flavor, they make a showy edible garnish for summer dishes.