Our Favorite Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks are perennials, biennials or annuals depending on your climate and the species. In USDA zones 9 and 10 they are perennials or biennials. In zones 3 to 8 they may live over the following winter and bloom again if you cut the faded flower stalks off at the base but this is never certain and considered annuals.

Once established in a garden, hollyhocks often self-sow, forming a colony of plants themselves. The seedlings transplant well. These seedlings are easy to transplant on a cool day to avoid excessive heat-wilting.

Feel free to grow hollyhocks under Black Walnut trees; they are tolerant of the toxic juglone that is emitted through the trees' roots.

For more flower stalks, pinch out the growing tips once or twice early in the growing season. This gives shorter plants with more branches.

In zones 6 and below, mulch your plants during the winter. Dormant terminal buds are sometimes injured by freezing so a protective mulch of straw, hay or leaves will help keep them warm.

In wet winter areas, the dormant terminal buds are sometimes injured by rotting. A well-drained place is the key to this problem. Double flowered types may need staking as they fall over after a rain because the flowers will hold a large amount of water. If you live in an area with summer rains, be sure to stake your double hollyhocks well.


IP197 Black as Night ( Alcea nigra )
Jet Black single, foreboding, wonderful contrast in sunny border, grows 48" tall.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.25
TRM621 Majorette Mix ( Alcea rosea )
A dwarf, comparatively, Majorette Double Mixed Hollyhock only grows 30" tall with colors of Pink, Red, Light Yellow and Burgundy. Relatively small compared to the 6 and 7 foot behemoths of traditional Hollyhock, but the perfect option for smaller spaces or gardeners looking for something more manageable.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.25
2508 The Watchman ( Alcea nigra )
5 feet tall. A single flowered hollyhock with blooms that are such a deep maroon they appear black. Try planting it where the early morning or late afternoon sun will backlight the flowers.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.25
TRM446 Appleblossom ( Alcea rosea )
Wonderful new color, double flowers, strong stems, green leaf, grows 60" tall, to zone 4.
  Package of 10 seeds $2.75
TRN565 Chaters Double Salmon ( Alcea rosea )
Lush, fully double blooms stand at attention on towering spikes. Chater's Double Hollyhock always make an impression and will perform best when planted in full sun. Dwarf Variety with Double Blooms; Grows up to 30 inches. Spring and summer blooming with pale, blush pink blooms.
  10 Seed Package $2.75
2238 Hollyhocks Summer Carnival Mix ( Alcea rosea )
Appearing all summer, 4-inch blooms are semidouble or double. Blooms of deep crimson, rose-red, rose, light pink, yellow and white arrive reliably only 4 months from sowing. Very easy in well-drained soil and full sun.
Color: Blooms of deep crimson, rose-red, rose, light pink, yellow and white   Zone: 4-9   Spacing: Variable   Height: 3-5 feet   Start Seeds: Anytime of year inside, for transplanting outside in Spring.
  15 seeds $2.15
2758 Maroon Hollyhock ( Alcea chater )
Deep maroon 3 to 5" double flowers on tall stems on plants growing 72" tall, hardy to zone 4.
  15 Seed Package $2.15
BM45 Purple Hollyhock ( Alcea chater )
Royal Purple 3 to 5" double flowers on tall stems on plants growing 72" tall, hardy to zone 4.
  15 Seed Package $2.15
TRN564 Queeny Mix Hollyhock ( Alcea rosea )
In a lovely mix of reds, pinks and white, our Dwarf Queeny Mix is a unique Hollyhock both for its diminutive stature (topping out at 24") and for its early flowering, perennial growing habits. Compact enough to grow in a pot or container, Dwarf Queeny Mix doesn't give up a thing when it comes to bloom size!
  10 Seed Package $2.75
2805 Queeny Rose Hollyhock ( Alcea rosea )
AAS, Fleuroselect, dwarf, beautiful purple double anemone flowers on well branched stems, grows about 24" tall.
  15 Seed Package $2.15
2762 Scarlet Hollyhock ( Alcea chater )
Scarlet 3 to 5" double flowers on tall stems on plants growing 72" tall, hardy to zone 4.
  15 Seed Package $2.15
2763 Pure White Hollyhock ( Alcea chater )
Pure white 3 to 5" double flowers on tall stems on plants growing 72" tall, hardy to zone 4.
  15 Seed Package $2.15
2764 Chamois Rose Hollyhock ( Alcea chater )
Very unique flowers on tall stems on plants growing 72" tall, hardy to zone 4.
  15 Seed Package $2.15
2767 Powderpuffs Mix ( Alcea rosea )
Huge double 5" flowers, largest of the Hollyhocks, in pastel colors. Grows 60" tall, hardy to zone 3.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.95
2768 Indian Springs Mix ( Alcea rosea )
An early to midseason blooming single Hollyhock in charming white/rose/orange shades, grows about 50" tall, hardy to zone 4.
  Package of 15 seeds $2.25
2773 Creme de Cassis ( Alcea creme de cassis )
Striking veined blackberry blooms, single and semi-double, flowers first year, hardy, grows 60" tall, to zone 4.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.25
2774 Peaches and Dreams ( Alcea )
Superb first year flowering hollyhock with creamy peach blooms some of which are tinged with raspberry pink. Grows 60-70" tall, hardy to zone 3.
  Package of 10 seeds $3.25