Plants and Flowers of India and Pune Hollyhocks Alcea

Alcea (Hollyhock) grow easily from seeds and are either annual-(Life one Year), biennial (Life 2 Years) , or perennial (Life more than 2 years) plants. They are native to Asia and Europe.  They are commonly called as Hollyhock. William Turner, a herbalist of the time, gave it the name “holyoke”. These plants need moist well drained soil. Hollyhock flowers do reseed themselves. Since this plant is erect and the stems may grow up-to 9 feet they should be watered with a shower at the base to avoid damaging the stem.  Most of the Hollyhocks do not live for more than 3 years. These plants need full Sun at least 6 hours per day.  The colors range from white to almost black. The colors range from Lavender, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Salmon, White, Yellow and include shades of pink,  rose-pink, salmon-rose, golden yellow, canary-yellow, dark red, purple-crimson, dark maroon.  Planting of hollyhocks should not be too close because crowding causes high humidity. And air circulation gets affected. This helps fungus to infect the plant.
Alcea, Hollyhock
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Max Height: 9 feet
Drought-tolerant: No
Propagation Methods: Seeds
Bloom Color : Lavender, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, Salmon, White, Yellow and include shades of pink,  rose-pink, salmon-rose, golden yellow, canary-yellow, dark red, purple-crimson, dark maroon.
Soil pH requirements:  pH 6 to 8.0 (Neutral to slightly alkaline)
Foliage: Green
Duration: annual, biennial, perennial
Flowering Season: Summer
Invasive potential: Not Invasive
Pests and Diseases: Rust caused by fungus – Puccinia malvacearum, Weevils, Cut Worms
Plant Character: Evergreen
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 to 9
Larval Host:  Painted Lady and Tropical Checkered Skipper
Days to Germinate: 3 Weeks
Days to Bloom: 2 Months

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